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.
Zimmer 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.”
“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.