Zimmer associate Balfe to score M:I 7-8

Tom Cruise

Lorne Balfe, one of Hans Zimmer’s group of Remote Control composers, will score Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, Film Music Reporter said.

The website cited the newest episode of the Light the Fuse podcast.

Balfe scored 2018’s Mission: Impossible-Fallout, the most recent M:I film starring and produced by Tom Cruise.

Balfe is one of more than 60 composers affiliated with Zimmer’s Remote Control company.

Another Remote Control composer is Steve Mazzaaro, who scored the non-Bond spy film The Rhythm Section produced by Eon Productions. On The Rhythm Section, Zimmer got the lead music credit for producing the music while Mazzaro had the secondary credit position for actually writing the music.

Mazzaro is assistant composer on No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond film where Zimmer is lead composer.

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I hadn’t heard of this podcast.

  2. In Hollywood, its common practice to kneel in order to get to heaven. Zimmer didn’t make it in Hollywood without developing very close ties with directors and studios and then “monopolizing” those relationships for his work. He has turned into a veritable TALENT AGENCY for soundtrack composers. (like C.A.A. is for actors and other professionals). How else can you define his Remote Control Cult other than a xxxx ? The score from Mission Impossible Fallout was fantastic, and I am sure there is a lot of Steve Mazzaaro in it. Unfortunately he will always be overshadowed by Zimmer’s name on the marque. I wonder if in the future, a young and brilliant movie composer with 1 or 2 projects under his or her name will feel COMPELLED to join this monopolistic consortium in order to win Hollywood contracts. This does not guarantee that the most talented will be chosen to score a film. But then again, there has never been a self-delusional belief that Hollywood is based on a meritocracy. 😉

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