Wolfgang Petersen (born March 14, 1941) is a German director and screenwriter.
He was twice nominated for an Oscar in 1981 for his film Das Boot.
He was successful at the box office with In the Line of Fire (1993) starring Clint Eastwood, The Perfect Storm (2001) with George Clooney and Troy (2004) with Brad Pitt.
To celebrate the release of Troy in 2 CD edition by Intrada (see our exclusive review here) we publish a archival interview in English of James Horner published in 2004 in the French magazine Cinéfonia. These are actually two interviews that we merged for this publication. Dive into the creation of Troy! Recall: The Words of James Horner is a series of articles intended to republish some twenty interviews Didier Leprêtre and Jean-Christophe Arlon conducted between 1997 and 2006 and published only in French in the magazines Dreams To Dream and its successor Cinéfonia. Unfortunately, the English-language audio tapes of the interviews
Thirteen years after the film's release, a limited edition 2-CD set of Horner’s epic score for Troy is now available from Intrada. In 2004, when Horner was announced as the composer of Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy, another composer was working for more than a year on its music. But once two test-screening audiences found Gabriel Yared’s score too ‘old-fashioned’, producers turned to James Horner, who previously scored Petersen’s The Perfect Storm (2000), to write a replacement score for the picture. The challenge was daunting, as Horner only had ten days to write and record the music for the film. With more than two
3.0 Bringing you up to speed Reportedly, James Horner really wanted this assignment, and for good reason, because The Perfect Storm (2000) offered him the kind of canvas he liked to work on: it’s chockful of action sequences big and bold, and yet at the core of it all is a tragic and very human story of ordinary men who brave extraordinary circumstances and end up paying the highest price. Based loosely on Sebastian Junger’s novel, the real-life story centers around the crew of the Andrea Gail, a trawler headed by Billy Tyne (George Clooney), a captain who is down on