Though film composer James Horner sadly passed away earlier this year, it seems he still has a really nice surprise left for a prior collaborator and, by the same token, for us.
Director Antoine Fuqua worked with Horner on his upcoming Southpaw, and speaking to NPR, Fuqua revealed that the composer had made him a heartfelt surprise before his unexpected death. Said Fuqua:
James is - he was an incredible human being. He was a filmmaker through and through. He was one of the most gentle people I've ever met. Even the way he spoke was very soft and thoughtful. He was magical. And he had this childlike wonderment in his eyes, but he was an amazing artist, an amazing poet. And I loved him, and we became friends. And James was a family man. He loved his children. He called me on a Saturday, after he watched the movie, and I said I don't have any money because it wasn't a big budget movie. And he said to me, I love the movie. I love the father-daughter relationship. Don't worry about the money. I'm just going to do it. And he did it for nothing. He paid his crew out of his own pocket. And I just found out a couple days ago his team flew out here to Baton Rouge, and they brought me all the music from Magnificent Seven - he had already wrote it for me based on the script.
And he did it all off the script because he wanted to surprise me. And I thought it was a gift or something. And they all came out here and they said, Antoine, James wrote the music for Magnificent Seven already, and it's just glorious. And that's my memory of James.
If only Horner had somehow also thought to leave us a moving score to go with this tragically touching movie moment.