Variety is reporting that Oscar winner Hans Zimmer is stepping in as the new No Time to Die composer after Dan Romer was let go from the film last month. The trade says that EON Productions parted ways with Romer over “creative differences.” Romer previously worked with No Time to Die director Cary Fukunaga on Beasts of No Nation and the miniseries Maniac.
Zimmer is already believed to be working on the 25th James Bond movie, though EON and distributor MGM had no comment. The composer may need to enlist help, however, as he has a full plate that also includes Wonder Woman 1984, Top Gun: Maverick and Dune. With the 007 movie opening in April, recording will probably need to be completed by mid-February, adds the trade. Zimmer’s previous collaborators include Benjamin Wallfisch and Lorne Balfe.
In No Time to Die, Bond (Daniel Craig) has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
No Time to Die stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, with Jeffrey Wright, and Ralph Fiennes as “M.” Also starring Rory Kinnear, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, and Billy Magnussen.
The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM), and Universal Pictures International is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, True Detective) and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fifth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007. Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (SPECTRE, Skyfall), Cary Joji Fukunaga, Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve, Fleabag), No Time to Die is currently in production.
No Time to Die will be released globally from April 2, 2020 in the U.K. through Universal Pictures International and in the U.S on April 10, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios via their United Artists Releasing banner.