SEATTLE — With Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer in the ownership group, the Seattle Kraken were always going to have a cinematic element to their video productions.
When the Kraken decided to revamp their pre-game presentations in the offseason, Bruckheimer was brought in to go over the ideas. During one such Zoom meeting, Bruckheimer said he had a friend who might be willing to oblige and provide some great music that would build to a crescendo as the players hit the ice.
His pal: Oscar-winning and Grammy-winning composer Hans Zimmer.
“When I watched their game presentation, which I thought was very good, the only thing they missed was the kind of explosion when the players hit the ice. Musically, it could be very interesting because it’s basically gladiators who are going to fight,” Bruckheimer told The Associated Press. “I felt like I worked with Hans Zimmer on ‘Top Gun’, and he’s a composer who can definitely write that kind of theme for the players and for the team.”
If you want gladiator music, well, take the guy who wrote the score for “Gladiator.”
Bruckheimer asked this favor of Zimmer, who created an original eight-minute composition for the Kraken. Part of it is used during the three-minute intro video that plays just before Seattle takes the ice.
The Kraken also play Zimmer’s music during breaks in the game, in promotional TV spots, and even on the Seattle Monorail for fans en route to Climate Pledge Arena.
“He has an incredible ability to write phenomenal themes. Very simple, phenomenal themes,” Bruckheimer said. “And you listen to things…whether it’s four notes, six notes, whatever it is, it’s so memorable. That when you leave a movie theater that’s embedded in your brain, you can play it again and again. That’s what’s so exciting about him.”
Zimmer won his second Oscar for Best Original Score earlier this year, for “Dune.” He already won in 1995 for “The Lion King” and was nominated nine other times. Zimmer also has three Golden Globes and four Grammys. Although he has worked primarily in films – including several produced by Bruckheimer – Zimmer also has a few video game scores on his resume.
But it was his first adventure in hockey.
Bruckheimer first heard the composition when he connected with Zimmer while finishing a film in London earlier this year. They then held a listening session for Seattle staff to hear the finished product, and the full production – music and video – debuted last weekend at the franchise’s home opener. second year.
“It should be about the players coming onto the ice, introducing them and getting the crowd excited for that first blade to hit the ice and the crescendo of all those players jumping and skating. Now is the time. “, Bruckheimer said.