Hans Zimmer to Score Theme Song for NatGeo’s ‘Saints & Strangers’

TCA 2015: Oscar-winning composer is known for work on “Despicable Me” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”

Hans Zimmer, the composer behind such film scores as “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, will provide the theme music for NatGeo’s upcoming film event “Saints & Strangers,” the network announced Wednesday at TCA.

In addition the film’s score will be provided by Bleeding Fingers Music, a collaboration between Zimmer and Extreme Music.

Zimmer has scored more than 120 films and has won numerous accolades throughout his career. He has been nominated for nine Oscars, winning in 1994 for Best Original Score for “The Lion King.” He has also won two Golden Globes, four Grammys, and a Tony Award.

“Saints & Strangers” is a four-hour movie event that focuses on the 101 original settlers of Plymouth Colony who sailed to the New World in 1620. Of those settlers, half were fleeing religious persecution and were known as “saints.” The other half, known as “strangers,” were seeking adventure, fame and fortune.

Executive producers on the project are Grant Scharbo, Gina Matthews, Teri Weinberg and Eric Overmyer. Overmyer and Seth Fisher are writers. The original script was written by Chip Johannessen, with revisions by Walon Green.

Sony Pictures Television, executive vice president of movies and limited series is Helen Verno. National Geographic Channels, president of original programming and production is Tim Pastore; vice president of production is Matt Renner.