Jermaine Stegall knows a good movie score should make you feel.
But when it comes to Coming 2 America, he hopes it also makes you smile.
“The first movie, it makes you smile when you think about it. I feel like when watching this movie, people should just be smiling,” Stegall said.
We sat down with Stegall to discuss his work on the upcoming Coming to America sequel. Watch the interview below:
He also gave a nod to his favorite composer, John Williams. Williams, of course, is responsible for the iconic scores behind Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, and more.
“For me, as a black man and as a black filmmaker, I wanted to feel free to show the influence of my favorite composer, John Williams,” said Stegall. “The idea of using color and different flourishes. These are things that speak directly to our culture. It’s gotta have color, change, harmony, rhythm.”
At the end of the day, he hopes the score to Coming 2 America – and his future projects – creates joy.
“Creating something that’s purely for escape and to enjoy, that’s what I aspire to do.”
Coming 2 America premieres March 5 on Amazon Prime.
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