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Composer Hans Zimmer puts together a band of talent for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 score

Oct. 31, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Prolific composer Hans Zimmer has created a multitude of memorable film scores in his long career, from films like CRIMSON TIDE, THE ROCK, GLADIATOR, BACKDRAFT, THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBBEAN, INCEPTION, THE LION KING, and many, many more. With the closing of Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT trilogy, however, Zimmer was without a superhero franchise to work on (edit: How I forgot MAN OF STEEL, I'll never know), but has now teamed up with a number of talented musicians to put together something exciting and memorable for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Director Marc Webb's sequel, which is already set up for two more films to follow, is looking to update the theme from the first film's veteran composer, James Horner (ALIENS, WILLOW, TITANIC). Today, Sony put out a press release to highlight Zimmer's latest collaboration, which puts the musician with a gaggle of pro's, all looking to lend their skills to the music for the ol' webhead.

From the press release:

Oscar®- and Grammy-winning composer Hans Zimmer will work with Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr, Michael Einziger, and Dave Stewart to create music for The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, it was announced today by Lia Vollack, president of Worldwide Music for Sony Pictures. The film, directed by Marc Webb from a screen story and screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, is produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released in theaters domestically on May 2, 2014, and international release dates commence April 16, 2014.

Commenting on the announcement, Zimmer said, “Marc and I were talking about Spider-Man, and as the word got out, so many of our friends and musicians started calling us up, wanting to be a part of it, because they love Spider-Man. That was the thing that united all of us – the great love for Spider-Man. With all of these hugely talented people wanting to join us, it was Marc who said, ‘Why not start a band?’ Marc and I have had a great start jamming with everybody, and we still have a few surprises up our sleeve.”

Vollack added, “This kind of collaboration is only possible because of who Marc Webb is – not only a director but also a musician – combined with who Hans is and what Spider-Man means to so many people. Nobody has ever approached film music in this way before and this likely can never be replicated. We’re huge fans of Hans, Pharrell, Johnny, Mike, and Dave, and when combined, we know the result will be truly unique… and amazing!”

Zimmer, a nine-time Oscar® nominee and winner for his work on The Lion King, previously collaborated with Williams on the film Despicable Me, as Williams produced four original solo songs and several other character-sung pieces. They later collaborated on the music for the 84th Annual Academy Awards®. Marr played on Zimmer's score for the hit film Inception, Einziger played on his score for The Lone Ranger, and Stewart played with Zimmer on the score for Madagascar 3.

Zimmer has collaborated with musicians many times before, so this isn't something new, but no less exciting. I think it's great to see Zimmer and Webb challenging themselves by bringing in more talent to punch up the score, which shows that they have some true passion for crafting something extraordinary, rather than just making some filler music for Spidey to swing around to. Word is that excerpts from Zimmer and co.'s score will be heard on THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2's first trailer, set to debut before THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2  swings into theaters on May 2, 2014.

Source: Sony Pictures

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6:55AM on 11/01/2013

Marr

Is a fucking legend!
Is a fucking legend!
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6:46AM on 11/01/2013

I fucking hate Hans Zimmer

Especially how he and his group of composers seem to do 95 per cent of the hollywood blockbusters nowadays. IT all sounds exactly the same! I thought the Amazing Spider-man was unnecessary, but oneof the few redeeming qualities was that it didn't have a score by Zimmer, but actually a pretty good one by James Horner.
Especially how he and his group of composers seem to do 95 per cent of the hollywood blockbusters nowadays. IT all sounds exactly the same! I thought the Amazing Spider-man was unnecessary, but oneof the few redeeming qualities was that it didn't have a score by Zimmer, but actually a pretty good one by James Horner.
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7:48AM on 11/01/2013
I love Zimmer but your right. Bear McCreary needs to be scoring some big budget films. Check out his work from Battlestar Galactica and he scored Europa Reports. This young man is amazing.
I love Zimmer but your right. Bear McCreary needs to be scoring some big budget films. Check out his work from Battlestar Galactica and he scored Europa Reports. This young man is amazing.
8:13AM on 11/01/2013
Without hating him, I too have a HUGE Zimmer fatigue ! Nowadays almost every scores et makes sound alike, especially with the 'dark, gritty and realistic' policy bullshit that plagues the superhero movies.
Without hating him, I too have a HUGE Zimmer fatigue ! Nowadays almost every scores et makes sound alike, especially with the 'dark, gritty and realistic' policy bullshit that plagues the superhero movies.
11:07AM on 11/01/2013
I don't hate Hans Zimmer and the Remote Control productions gang but I do get what you mean. I really like the stuff James Newton Howard does on his own; his scores happen to be the sole saving graces of most recent Shyamalan flicks and I just love the lush, romantic summery music he did for The Tourist.
I don't hate Hans Zimmer and the Remote Control productions gang but I do get what you mean. I really like the stuff James Newton Howard does on his own; his scores happen to be the sole saving graces of most recent Shyamalan flicks and I just love the lush, romantic summery music he did for The Tourist.
5:36PM on 11/01/2013
Zimmer's alright. He does have a tendency for redundancy at times, but its still well done stuff. However, my favorite film composer working today is, by far, Thomas Newman. Lemony Snicket had one of the best scores I'd heard in a children's film in a very long time and I firmly feel that WALL-E has the best soundtrack out of any Pixar film, and that's saying something.
Zimmer's alright. He does have a tendency for redundancy at times, but its still well done stuff. However, my favorite film composer working today is, by far, Thomas Newman. Lemony Snicket had one of the best scores I'd heard in a children's film in a very long time and I firmly feel that WALL-E has the best soundtrack out of any Pixar film, and that's saying something.
9:57PM on 10/31/2013

Pharrell plus Incubus' guitar player

That actually would be a pretty interesting collab. Maybe pharrell can bring the old school incubus riffs out of einzinger.
That actually would be a pretty interesting collab. Maybe pharrell can bring the old school incubus riffs out of einzinger.
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9:44PM on 10/31/2013

Pharrell plus Incubus' guitar player

That actually would be a pretty interesting collab. Maybe pharrell can bring the old school incubus riffs out of einzinger.
That actually would be a pretty interesting collab. Maybe pharrell can bring the old school incubus riffs out of einzinger.
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9:42PM on 10/31/2013

that last picture

even if this movie sucks, i have to say that this is the best looking spider-man costume yet.
even if this movie sucks, i have to say that this is the best looking spider-man costume yet.
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9:20PM on 10/31/2013
I actually prefer James Horner's Spider-Man theme. It sounds more "heroic" to me. Elfman's Doc Ock theme is great though and Christopher Young's "Birth of the Sandman" is a heartbreakingly beautiful piece, accompanied by some brilliant, almost poetic animation. [link]
I actually prefer James Horner's Spider-Man theme. It sounds more "heroic" to me. Elfman's Doc Ock theme is great though and Christopher Young's "Birth of the Sandman" is a heartbreakingly beautiful piece, accompanied by some brilliant, almost poetic animation. [link]
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8:36PM on 10/31/2013
I agree. Elfman's theme's were better except the third in which he was not apart of. Read rumour that Raimi was insane working on the second one so Elfman basically said enough. It's a shame cause SM2's score was fantastic and would have LOVED what he could do for SM3...then again, there are a lot of things about SM3 that could have been done better...like all of it. As for Hans Zimmer, I like his scores so I am good with that. Here's hoping ASM2 isn't crap.
I agree. Elfman's theme's were better except the third in which he was not apart of. Read rumour that Raimi was insane working on the second one so Elfman basically said enough. It's a shame cause SM2's score was fantastic and would have LOVED what he could do for SM3...then again, there are a lot of things about SM3 that could have been done better...like all of it. As for Hans Zimmer, I like his scores so I am good with that. Here's hoping ASM2 isn't crap.
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7:20PM on 10/31/2013
"With the closing of Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, Zimmer was left without a superhero franchise to work on." I guess you forgot about Man of Steel.
Maybe it's just me, but I never like it when they change themes for a character(s) in a series (X-Men and Harry Potter come to mind). I like Zimmer, but would have preferred Horner continuing what he started with the first movie. But I don't think either can top Elfman's great Spider-man theme for the Raimi films.
"With the closing of Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, Zimmer was left without a superhero franchise to work on." I guess you forgot about Man of Steel.
Maybe it's just me, but I never like it when they change themes for a character(s) in a series (X-Men and Harry Potter come to mind). I like Zimmer, but would have preferred Horner continuing what he started with the first movie. But I don't think either can top Elfman's great Spider-man theme for the Raimi films.
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7:24PM on 10/31/2013
Man, I knew my spider sense was tingling when I wrote that. Thanks for the reminder.

*Headsmack*
Man, I knew my spider sense was tingling when I wrote that. Thanks for the reminder.

*Headsmack*
7:38PM on 10/31/2013
No worries, Paul. Happens to the best of us. To be fair, I found that score rather forgettable for Zimmer. Personally I found his work on Lone Ranger and Rush this year to be much better.
No worries, Paul. Happens to the best of us. To be fair, I found that score rather forgettable for Zimmer. Personally I found his work on Lone Ranger and Rush this year to be much better.
7:57PM on 10/31/2013
Right you are. Rush is AMAZING. Definitely one of the best of the year.

Really enjoyed his Lone Ranger theme, too. Good shit!
Right you are. Rush is AMAZING. Definitely one of the best of the year.

Really enjoyed his Lone Ranger theme, too. Good shit!
9:12PM on 10/31/2013
"Maybe it's just me, but I never like it when they change themes for a character(s) in a series"...

Agreed. I hope they at least keep Horners theme (which I really like, btw) if nothing else for sake of continuity.
"Maybe it's just me, but I never like it when they change themes for a character(s) in a series"...

Agreed. I hope they at least keep Horners theme (which I really like, btw) if nothing else for sake of continuity.
8:17AM on 11/01/2013
Remember when Zimmer promised to have the Williams' theme in Man Of Steel end credits ? No, didn't hear it either ! So, you can kiss Horner's theme goodbye !
Remember when Zimmer promised to have the Williams' theme in Man Of Steel end credits ? No, didn't hear it either ! So, you can kiss Horner's theme goodbye !