“We’ll find out,” Zimmer said Saturday in Los Angeles during press rounds for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” “Actually, before I started on ‘Sherlock’ I had an idea for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and I said to Chris, I just have this idea, this experiment, and it really it is something that I have no idea if it will work – have I earned the right yet to just get myself a really big orchestra into a room for a couple of days and just try this experiment? If I think and you think it’s horrible we’ll just throw it away and pretend it never happened and nobody’s going to give me a hard time later about it. It took him half a second to go, ‘Yeah, of course – go knock yourself out.’ So out of that actually came 25 minutes of pretty intense stuff that we have, and honestly I’m overflowing with ideas.”
“Plus, those 25 minutes are [made up of] completely new stuff, and I’ve just started,” he revealed. “I think that the problem with working on sequels is how to keep them fresh for yourself, and both with ‘Sherlock’ and with ‘Dark Knight’ so far I’ve been able to manage to do that.”
Zimmer also said he liked the fact that fans of the series could contribute and actually become a part of the films through their recordings. “We’ve created this world on 'Dark Knight,' and we’re sticking pretty autonomously to this world, but at the same time, our fans and the audience are inhabiting this world. And if you can actually pull them in and let them be part of this adventure, which is really what I’ve been trying to do. You, it’s really just a small facet of the whole thing, but we are trying to think out of the box.”
“Obviously we’re talking about – who isn’t? – talking about where the world is going at the moment,” he said. “So the idea of the chant, for instance, that pre-dated Occupy Wall Street by quite a bit, but suddenly you find, oh, hang on a second, there’s something in the zeitgeist which moves us all.”
“We’re both very open,” he continued. “I just give him this music and go, 'Okay, go and play around with it and see what you can do with it.' And I saw a chunk of film the other day, it’s not a secret any more, and somebody connected to the movie actually who was there as well seeing it was going, 'Oh, how did you know how to write the scenes so well before he had even shot it?' And, well, I didn’t know how to write that scene so well before he shot it, but the whole idea is that we are on the same page.”
In the meantime, he indicated he still has a little bit of time left to spend with his “Sherlock Holmes” work, albeit not for the film itself. Specifically, he’s spearheading a few live performances of the music he did for the sequel which will include the Romani musicians who inspired him. “I’m going to spend one more week being silly and having fun with ‘Sherlock Holmes’,” he revealed. “I’m going to London, and we’re bringing all of the Romani musicians in from Slovakia; you have never seen such poverty, and they’re bringing them into London. They’re going to be playing at our premiere there, and they’re actually going to be playing the Warner Brothers Christmas party. So we’re going to have a bit of fun as well. So I have like one more week of being in that world, before I go and become very dark.”
Until that happens, Zimmer insisted that there was still time for fans to contribute their chants at Ujam, although he passed along a little bit of advice to prospective contributors. “If more people want to go and take part in the chant for 'Dark Knight,' and just let them know they need to get a little angrier,” he said. Because by the time you get a hundred thousand people on there, if your voice is going to be heard, you’d better give it a bit of energy.”
"The Dark Knight Rises" opens on July 20, 2012.