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Klaus Badelt (born 12 June 1967) is a German composer, producer, and arranger of film scores. He is 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, TMNT, Fallout and Santiago of the Seas: The Movie, and for his work in French and Chinese cinema.

Life and career

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 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-WilliamsJohn Powell, and Zimmer; and mentored several others like Ramin Djawadi and Daniel Rojas (film composer).

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 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 GladiatorMission: 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 ConstantinePoseidonRescue 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.

In 2013, Klaus founded a startup called Filmhub to create a B2B marketplace for content creators and digital streaming services.



As score composer

Year Title Director Notes
1998 The Polar Bear Til Schweiger

Granz Herman

Composed with Henning Lohner
2001 Invincible Werner Herzog Composed with Hans Zimmer
The Pledge Sean Penn
Extreme Days Eric Hannah Composed with TobyMac
2002 The Time Machine Simon Wells World Soundtrack Award for Discovery of the Year
K-19: The Widowmaker Kathryn Bigelow
Teknolust Lynn Hershman Leeson Composed with Ramin Djawadi
Equilibrium Kurt Wimmer
2003 The Recruit Roger Donaldson
Ned Kelly Gregor Jordan Composed with Bernard Fanning
Basic John McTiernan
The In-Laws Andrew Fleming Composed with James S. Levine
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Gore Verbinski Replaced Alan Silvestri

ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Film

Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Music

Nominated- Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Score

Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Score of the Year

Beat the Drum David Hickson Composed with Ramin Djawadi
2004 Catwoman Pitof Replaced Graeme Revell

Nominated- Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Most Intrusive Musical Score

2005 Constantine Francis Lawrence Composed with Brian Tyler

ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Film

Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film

The Promise Chen Kaige
2006 16 Blocks Richard Donner
Ultraviolet Kurt Wimmer
Miami Vice Michael Mann Composed with John Murphy
Poseidon Wolfgang Petersen
Rescue Dawn Werner Herzog Composed with Ernst Reijseger
2007 Premonition Mennan Yapo
Redline Andy Cheng
TMNT Kevin Munroe
Fallout Nora Twomey
Skid Row Ross Clarke

Niva Dorell

Marshall Tyler

Documentary film

Composed with Craig Eastman

2008 Dragon Hunters Guillaume Ivernel

Arthur Qwak

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder Edward Nuemier Themes By Basil Poledouris
The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior Russell Mulcahy
Anything for Her Fred Cavaye
Killshot John Madden
2009 Solomon Kane M.J. Bassett
Little Nicholas Laurent Tirard
2010 Heartbreaker Pascal Chaumeil
The Extra Man Shari Springer Berman

Robert Polcini

22 Bullets Richard Berry
Amang Wolves Gerardo Olivares Composed with Andrew Raiher
Shanghai Mikael Hafstrom
Point Blank Fred Cavaye
Small World Bruno Chiche Composed with Jean-Michel Bernard
Waking Madison Katherine Brooks
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Kevin Munroe
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga Dmitry Vasyukov

Werner Herzog

Documentary film
2011 The Prodigies Antoine Charreyron
The Floating Shadow Jia Dongshou
Jock The Hero Dog Duncan MacNeillie Composed with Ian Honeyman
Seven Days in Utopia Matt Russell Composed with Christopher Carmichael
Rebellion Mathieu Kassovits
The Oranges Julian Farino Composed with Andrew Raiher
War of the Buttons Yann Samuel
2012 30° couleur Lucien Jean-Baptiste

Philippe Larue

Shanghai Calling Daniel Hsia Composed with Christopher Carmichael
Asterix and Obelix: God save Britannia Laurent Tirard
A Perfect Plan Pascal Chaumeil
2014 Supercondriaque Dany Boon
The Identical Dustin Marcelliano Composed with Christopher Carmichael
Le Pere Noel Alexandre Coffre
2015 Queen of the Desert Werner Herzog
2016 Radin! Fred Cavaye
The Warrior's Gate Matthias Hoene
2017 Leap! Eric Summer

Eric Warin

Legend of the Demon Cat Chen Kaige Composed with Misha Segal
2023 Santiago of the Seas: The Movie Genndy Tartakovsky

As composer of additional music

Year Title Director Composer
1998 The Prince of Egypt Brenda Chapman

Steve Hickner

Simon Wells

Hans Zimmer

Stephen Schwartz

The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick Hans Zimmer
1999 Chill Factor Hugh Johnson Hans Zimmer

John Powell

The Devil and Ms. D Bernd Eichinger Henning Lohner
2000 The Tigger Movie Jun Falkenstein Harry Gregson-Williams
The Road to El Dorado Bibo Bergeron

Don Paul

Hans Zimmer

John Powell

Gladiator Ridley Scott Hans Zimmer

Lisa Gerrard

Mission: Impossible 2 John Woo Hans Zimmer
X-Men Bryan Singer Michael Kamen
King of the Jungle Seth Zvi Rosenfeld Harry Gregson-Williams
2001 Hannibal Ridley Scott Hans Zimmer
Pearl Harbor Michael Bay
2004 Wimbledon Richard Loncraine Edward Shearmur
2009 Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book Stefan Ruzowitzky Ian Honeyman
2015 Help, I Shrunk My Teacher Sven Unterwaldt. Jr. Leland Cox

Karim Sebastian Elias

2017 Lilly`s Bewitched Christmas Wolfgang Groos Anne-Kathrin Dern


Year Title Notes
1994-95 Peter Strohm 10 episodes
1997-98 Tatort 16 episodes
2000 The Others Theme music;

13 episodes

2004 Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Television film
2007 Random! Cartoons Episode: Kyle + Rosemary
2008 Die Jagd nach dem Schatz der Nibelungen Television film
2010 Die Jagd nach der heiligen Lanze
Ein Haus voller Töchter 35 Episodes
Tatort Internet 10 Episodes
2011 Marco W. - 247 Tage im türkischen Gefängnis Television film
2013-14 Lanfeust Quest 26 episodes
2014 Halo: Nightfall Miniseries
2018 BaseBoys 2 Episodes
2032 The Benny Show


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