“I was doing a lot of thinking about James when I heard the news and I checked online,” the 60-year-old director wrote in a piece on THR. “The beginning and end of his filmography are films that he did, or would have done, with me. It’s a curious bookend. We both started out on the same film in 1980, and his last listed films are the Avatar sequels, which he would have begun later this year.”
“A couple of months ago, in April, they did a night at the Royal Albert Hall where the orchestra did the entire Titanic score live to the movie. James was there to take his bows. [Producer] Jon Landau and I went to London just for the concert, and we had a kind of reunion. It was emotional and I’m glad that was my last personal memory of James. They had to subtitle the film because when the orchestra was playing, you couldn’t hear the words. I thought, ‘This is how James would have imagined it,’” he ended the piece.
The two James‘ worked together on the movies Alien, Titanic, and Avatar. Horner sadly died this week in a plane crash.
Read the full tribute article now on THR.com.