Hans Zimmer Talks New Approach to Scoring 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

October 10, 2013
Source: Collider

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

After delivering the theme song for Spider-Pig in The Simpsons Movie, composer Hans Zimmer is actually setting his sights on the neighborhood wallcrawler by providing the score for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The film doesn't arrive until next summer, and usually scoring the film comes later down the line once a more final cut of the film is complete, but Zimmer recently sat down with Collider and revealed that he's starting work early, because he wants to experiment a little bit. That also means that Zimmer has seen a very rough cut of the sequel, and he delivers some praise and gives us an idea of what drives the film this time.

Zimmer talks about his new approach to the score for a movie like this:

“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.”

Basically, Zimmer is looking for a different approach to scoring a blockbuster film after composing for countless films. He explains, "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." Obviously, he's just experimenting, so this won't become anything abstract or surreal, but maybe Zimmer is getting sick of the same kind of orchestral cues and trying to hone in on some specific and more recognizable themes as opposed to just background music.

As far as the film itself goes, scoring the action may not be the biggest challenge. This time around, it sounds like the characters and their relationships really drive the film, which is important, even in fantastical comic book movies. Zimmer says, "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.” Considering Garfield and Stone really make Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy a joy to watch, we're glad to hear there's more of that. Sound good?

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments


I very much loved Horners Score and I do enjoy Zimmer most of the time so I'm kind of on edge about this.

Nathan Williams on Oct 10, 2013


Interesting. I had no idea he was scoring this. As long as it sounds Spidey-ish, im good.

Brandon V. Fletcher on Oct 10, 2013


Im sure it will be in IMAX 3D.

Jesse Gendelman on Oct 10, 2013



BinaryChaos on Oct 10, 2013


I think they need to be more fun... can he do fun? Maybe get in the mood he was in when he did Pirates.

OfficialJab on Oct 10, 2013


He can still do fun. Sherlock Holmes and The Lone Ranger scores are quite lively.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Oct 11, 2013


Didn't hear Lone Ranger, but I forgot he did Holmes, and you're right. I like that one a lot.

OfficialJab on Oct 11, 2013


Give someone else a shot. I'm done with Zimmer

ff on Oct 10, 2013


Tired of amazing scores?

YoMomma on Oct 11, 2013


Meh. Most of his stuff all sounds the same.

ff on Oct 11, 2013


He has a team of musicians aping his style too.

cobrazombie on Oct 12, 2013


Cant go wrong with Zimmer; however i like the orchestra (Steve Jablonsky) Michael Bay uses in his movies too. That may be a good fit for Spidey.

Such heroic nonsense on Oct 11, 2013


Did he do the score for Man of Steel?

tim on Oct 11, 2013


Indeed he did.

Such heroic nonsense on Oct 11, 2013


He's gonna try to stay awake for this one!

Jimmy Love on Oct 14, 2013

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