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Klaus Badelt
Klaus Badelt
(born 12 June 1967) is a German film composer, known for his collaborations with Hans Zimmer, helping to write scores for dozens of critically acclaimed films including The Thin Red Line, The Prince of Egypt, Gladiator, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Independently, he is known for his work on Hollywood blockbuster films such as Equilibrium, K-19: The Widowmaker, Basic, and TMNT, and for his work in French cinema.


1 Life and career 2 Filmography

2.1 1990s–2000s 2.2 2010s

3 Awards 4 References 5 External links

Life and career[edit] Badelt was born in Frankfurt, West Germany. He started his musical career composing for movies and commercials in his homeland. In 1998, Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
invited Badelt to work at Media Ventures in Santa Monica, California, his studio co-owned by Jay Rifkin. Since then, Badelt has been working on a number of his own film and television projects such as The Time Machine and K-19: The Widowmaker. He also collaborated with other Media Ventures composers, such as Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, and Zimmer; and mentored several others like Ramin Djawadi
Ramin Djawadi
and Steve Jablonsky. While collaborating with Zimmer, Badelt contributed to the Oscar-nominated scores for The Thin Red Line and The Prince of Egypt, and wrote music for many well known directors including Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Terrence Malick, John Woo, Kathryn Bigelow, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Werner Herzog, Sean Penn, Gore Verbinski, Michael Bay
Michael Bay
and Steven Spielberg. Badelt co-wrote and co-produced the score to Hollywood
box office hit Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, along with Zimmer and singer/composer Lisa Gerrard. Having contributed music to Gladiator, Mission: Impossible 2 and Michael Kamen's score for X-Men, Badelt was involved in the three most successful movies in 2000. Badelt also collaborated with Zimmer on other successful films, such as The Pledge, and 2001 blockbusters Hannibal and Pearl Harbor. One of his more famous and popular scores was for the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.[2] In 2004, Klaus founded his own film music company, Theme Park Studios, in Santa Monica. Since then, he has scored films such as Constantine, Poseidon, Rescue Dawn, and TMNT. Among Badelt's most critically celebrated scores are the Chinese fantasy film The Promise[3][4][5] and DreamWorks' remake of The Time Machine, the latter of which earned him the Discovery of the Year Award at the World Soundtrack Awards 2003. He also wrote the music for the closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and was commissioned to write an opera about China's First Emperor, to be premiered in 2015.[needs update] Klaus worked on the soundtrack for The Promise for almost 6 months. The song which can be heard in the movie's end credits is an ancient folk song in China, and very few people can still sing it. For that, Klaus traveled almost two weeks in China to find someone who was able to sing the whole folk song in order to rearrange it for the score. Filmography[edit] 1990s–2000s[edit]

Year Title Notes

1998 The Polar Bear with Henning Lohner

2000 Gladiator Additional music; main score composed by Hans Zimmer

2001 Extreme Days with TobyMac

Invincible with Hans Zimmer

The Pledge with Hans Zimmer

2002 Equilibrium

K-19: The Widowmaker

The Time Machine

Teknolust with Ramin Djawadi

2003 The Recruit

Ned Kelly


Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl With Hans Zimmer

Beat the Drum with Ramin Djawadi

2004 Catwoman

2005 The Promise

Constantine with Brian Tyler

2006 16 Blocks



Miami Vice with John Murphy

Rescue Dawn with Ernst Reijseger

2007 Redline with Ian Honeyman and Andrew Raiher

Skid Row Documentary; with Craig Eastman



2008 The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder

Anything for Her


Dragon Hunters

2009 Little Nicholas

Solomon Kane


Year Title Notes

2010 Waking Madison


Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

The Extra Man

22 Bullets


Point Blank

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

Small World with Jean-Michel Bernard

2011 The Prodigies

The Floating Shadow

Jock the Hero Dog with Ian Honeyman

Seven Days in Utopia with Christopher Carmichael

War of the Buttons


The Oranges with Andrew Raiher

2012 Shanghai Calling with Christopher Carmichael

Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia

A Perfect Plan

2014 Supercondriaque

The Identical with Christopher Carmichael

Le Pere Noel

Halo Nightfall

2015 Queen of the Desert

2016 The Warriors Gate


2017 Leap!

2018 Christopher Robin


Beijing Olympics Closing Ceremony MotorStorm: Apocalypse (video game)


Year Project Category Result

2001 Gladiator (soundtrack) Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Score Nominated

2002 The Time Machine (soundtrack) World Soundtrack Award for Discovery of the Year Won

2004 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (soundtrack) ASCAP
Film and Television Music Awards Top Box Office Films Won

2004 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (soundtrack) Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: Best Music Nominated

2004 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (soundtrack) Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Score Nominated

2004 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (soundtrack) World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Score of the Year Nominated

2005 Constantine (soundtrack) International Film Music Critics Association: Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film Nominated

2006 Constantine (soundtrack) ASCAP
Film and Television Music Awards Top Box Office Films Won

2008 Die Jagd nach dem Schatz der Nibelungen (soundtrack) German Television Awards Best Music Nominated


Rhode Island International Film Festival
Rhode Island International Film Festival
Crystal Image Award Won


^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0046004/ ^ http://www.hans-zimmer.com/fr/newsite.php?rub=detail&id=522 ^ "The Promise (Klaus Badelt)". Filmtracks. 2006-05-16. Retrieved 2011-12-05.  ^ [1] Archived January 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Other reviews by Mike Brennan (2006-02-08). "The Promise (2006) Soundtrack Album". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved 2011-12-05.  ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0046004/awards

External links[edit]

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