While the Pirates of the Caribbean series isn't one of the more critically acclaimed film franchises, the first movie, The Curse of the Black Pearl, is still an enjoyable standalone movie adapted that capitalized nicely on the Disneyland attraction. Among the 2003's movie's most notable elements was its score, composed by Hollywood icon Hans Zimmer. It's hard to imagine Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann's first outing with Zimmer's musical accompaniment. However, when director Gore Verbinski originally told Zimmer about his work on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Zimmer was less than impressed. The composer recalled:
Let's be thankful that Hans Zimmer changed his tune upon seeing what Gore Verbinski had created with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It's one thing to have preconceived notions after just hearing an idea, but with actual footage in his head, Zimmer realized this was a project worth contributing to. However, because Zimmer was replacing Alan Silvestri, the original composer, he didn't have as long as he usually does to put together a score. He continued with Vanity Fair:
Hans Zimmer went on to score the next three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, passing along comprising duties to Geoff Zanelli for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. For now, it seems that his time with the franchise is over, but among the many movies he's composed for over the decades, his music on Pirates of the Caribbean (especially that theme) ranks as particularly memorable.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, and while making Pirates of the Caribbean 6 has been discussed, the project has yet to be officially greenlit. To keep track of movies will be released this year (including X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which Hans Zimmer is scoring), look through our 2018 premiere guide.
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