Hans Zimmer Talks Scoring THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2; Says the Film Is “Driven by Charm, Love, and Sparkling Dialogue”

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Composer Hans Zimmer’s 2013 films speak volumes about his versatility.  Man of Steel, 12 Years a Slave, and Rush could not be more different from each other, and yet Zimmer’s scores for all three films are great.  The composer is already hard at work on a few films for next year, including Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Akiva Goldsman’s fantasy pic Winter’s Tale, but he also has another major franchise to tackle by way of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Steve recently visited Zimmer in his studio for an extended video interview, and during the course of their conversation the composer discussed his work on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, his very positive reaction to seeing a rough cut of the film, and the possibility of revisiting Spider-Pig.  Hit the jump for more.

hans-zimmer-spider-man-2Zimmer confirmed that he is indeed composing the score for director Marc Webb’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and in fact revealed that he’s starting work on the score early in order to give himself some time to experiment:

“I’m sort of grappling with a completely different way of doing it right now, and literally it’s just the laboratory doors are open right now.  I have an idea but I haven’t played it to anybody yet, so I don’t even know if it’s going to work yet.  Because you never know, music is this weird indefensible thing, it either resonates with you or it doesn’t.  I’ll either get the tone right or I won’t, but it’s serious experimentation time at the moment.”

Elaborating on the kind of experimentation he’s working on, Zimmer said that he’s searching for a different way of scoring a blockbuster action film:

“I’ve done a lot of action, I’ve done a lot of buildings falling down basically and things exploding, so I’m sort of trying to figure out, ‘Is there a slightly different way of doing it?’  And I’m not sure yet, but I’m certainly working on it.”

amazing-spider-man-2-andrew-garfield-emma-stoneAs for the feature itself, Zimmer spoke enthusiastically about Webb’s focus on character in the Spidey follow-up:

“You have no idea how [well] the relationships work in this one.  That is what he’s masterful about; truly, truly, truly wonderful.  And the movie just sort of sparkles whenever—because it could be so easily a movie driven by action, and it really is driven by charm and love and sparkling dialogue.  And the chemistry between the characters is fantastic.”

Finally, and most importantly, Steve asked Zimmer if he will be revisiting his Spider-Pig theme from The Simpsons Movie:

“No I will not, but you have no idea how tempting that is.”

Watch the portion of Steve’s interview with Zimmer about Spidey below, and look for more from the interview in the coming days.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters on May 2, 2014.

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  • JK1193

    Bummed about Horner, stoked about Zimmer. Two great composers either way.

    • i AN LEGEND

      Same… I liked Horner’s score, and I’m a little upset that the entire series won’t have the same sound… but now we’re dealing with Hans Zimmer. And the fact that he’s starting a month early sounds like he isn’t going to phone this one in. Great news.

  • Tyler

    Hans Zimmer is a genius! I wasn’t crazy about the first Amazing Spider-Man film, but seeing Zimmer attached to the sequel has upped my anticipation only slightly.

    • Bob

      That and the cast is amazing. Like Oscar worth cast. Garfield, Stone, Field, Foxx, Giamatti, DeHaan, and Cooper.

  • ScratStitch

    So, in other words, it sounds like it’s going to be another Webb Spidey film with barely any action in it. Blech. Hopefully that’s not going to be the case.

    • jack

      too much action, too little action, too much destruction, too little destruction….always have to complain about something…maybe you should stop complaining about a movie you haven’t even seen yet and wait to form an opinion until after you see it.

      • ScratStitch

        Trust me…I’ve never complained about a movie having “too much action.” But since you’re putting words in my mouth and acting like you know me for some reason, I guess what I say won’t matter.

      • GunzOfNavarone

        In all fairness, he did have a point. When your sole judgement for a film is based on action, it’s a little shallow. If all you want is action, you have Michael Bay for that. People say Raimi’s Spiderman was so much better and this and that, but the character development wasn’t nearly as rich as in Webb’s take.

      • ScratStitch

        Actually…it was much richer. Seriously, name the number of classic moments in Raimi’s films. Then list the number of “classic” moments in Webb’s film.

        And, no, I’m also not saying “all I want is action.” But wanting “action sequences” that last more than 20 seconds (literally!) isn’t too much to ask either.

      • Andy Gladman

        You can’t honestly say Raimi’s films were richer in terms of character. All his characters were two-dimensional and dull and did not do the comic books justice. It was like “Peter Parker’s a nerd – that’s enough character for him, he doesn’t need a personality as well” and MJ was nothing but a damsel in distress. Webb’s version of Peter is conflicted and actually feels the impact of losing his parents. His anger at Uncle Ben just before his death makes sense – Raimi just threw it in. Like he just threw in the ‘Great power/great responsibility’ line – it was cheesy and obviously just tacked on. Yeah, they didn’t say it in TASM, but they did get the true meaning of that message across far better than Raimi’s film did and in a way that resonated far more strongly. Raimi was to Spider-Man what Joel Schumacher was to Batman.

      • ScratStitch

        Um…yes. I actually can. That’s why we’re each entitled to our own opinions. But Raimi’s Spider-Man movies are among the most critically acclaimed superhero movies of all time, so I don’t think most people are going to agree with comparing them to Batman and Robin.

  • SomeGuy

    It would be cool to see Zimmer step out of his comfort zone of a generic action score and do something that doesn’t compete with the sounds of explosions and whatnot.

    • http://flavors.me/ryanlaing september11th

      12 Years a Slave comes out next week. Or if you cant wait that long you could go see Rush today.

      • Alex Hajna

        Those, plus The Holiday or Lion King (one of his best).

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Really bummed that Horner isn’t going to be scoring the sequal as that as one of the things I enjoyed from the 1st film. Horner did an awesome job of making something different that we haven’t yet heard before in that genre. Hoping Zimmer doesn’t get superhero fatigue and not score the MOS 2. Would be nice to have consistancy when watching the sequals to have the scores remain the same. That was my problem with the Iron Man films is that the 1st one came out and had an amazing score and then they replaced the composer with John Debney who is terrible.

    • Matt Clayton

      The thing with the Iron Man films, neither John Debney or Brian Tyler carry over thematic material from the previous films. They just wrote their own material. Ramin Djawadi’s score was nothing to write home about, Debney’s was not terribly memorable, and Tyler’s score was terrific.

      It’s a shame that Zimmer isn’t planning on carrying over any of Horner’s thematic material for this film. Zimmer referenced the famous Schfrin and Elfman themes in Mission Impossible 2 and The Simpsons Movie, so quoting Horner’s theme once or twice in this film wouldn’t be hard by any stretch.

      • http://moviefy.net/ Yahzee

        … Zimmer didn’t referenced any Elfman theme in M:I-2, and he only used the Mission: Impossible and Simpsons themes because he was required to do so (and rightly so)

  • Alex Hajna

    Steve, you’re so incredibly lucky to get to talk to this genius IN his studio as often as you do!

  • milo

    I’d take his opinion about the movie itself more seriously if he hadn’t raved about how wonderful he thought Lone Ranger was. And not to be negative on the guy but I’d rather see someone else do a Marvel project considering how much high profile DC stuff he has done fairly recently.

  • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

    and at the same time… FADE TO BLACK.

    Um…

  • Bob

    Great composer. Had some fantastic scores this year with Man of Steel and Rush. And I can see him getting a nomination for 12 Years a Slave.

  • Bob

    Great composer. Had some fantastic scores this year with Man of Steel and Rush. And I can see him getting a nomination for 12 Years a Slave.

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  • Atlas2036

    Did I miss the announcement that Zimmer was scoring Amazing Spider-Man 2? I feel like they never made an official announcement..

  • dungeons and draccus’s

    Shoot! Now I am going to have to watch this crap.

  • dungeons and draccus’s

    And it IS crap.

    • The Flobbit

      You are right about that.

  • ʝoe Cûddleš ßloggs

    He is a great composer but he is way better at soundscaping than actual melodic composition. Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman or even Ramin Djawadi (Zimmer’s protege) develop more memorable OSTs. Djawadi + Tom Morello = WIN !
    (if you know the movies I’m inferring – wink)

    Hollywood only looks for safe options. Left field choices like Rob Dougan, Clint Mansell or even friggin Oakenfold could kick a high energy Spider-Man and produce something truly memorable and not the usual sounscapey BS.

  • Some guy

    Honestly, I’m not looking forward to this. I haven’t been a fan of Zimmer’s action work from the last 13 years (with the exception of “The Last Samurai”, “Pearl Harbor” and “Sherlock Holmes”). I personally think he does his best work scoring dramas and romantic comedies. I’m not gonna say that Zimmer sucks, I’d much rather say that I rarely enjoy his output. But even so, I do sincerely hope he does a great job with this score (although I doubt he will, at least for me).

  • ssk

    How did Interstellar not get a mention? Although it’s too early for that, Zimmer has already started his experiments on that one. Could have at least asked him about his direction or any hints on that one.

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  • Strong Enough

    Damn frosty. its like you two are best friends! always hanging out in his studio!

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