Oscar and Grammy-winning composer Hans Zimmer will work with Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr, Mike 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 & v based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, is produced by Avi Arad and Matthew 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, Hans Zimmer released the following statement.
"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."
Lia Vollack added her own statement.
"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 The Lone Ranger.
In related news, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been teasing some potential villains through their The Daily Bugle viral website in recent weeks. Today, the site has an editorial from publisher J. Jonah Jameson, which takes a very negative stance on Spider-Man and his crime-fighting presence in the Big Apple. While it doesn't hint at any new villains, CLICK HERE to read the full article at The Daily Bugle.
Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?
An Editorial from Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson
Last night, I walked out of the 6-train at 96th Street, only to be greeted by a freshly painted graffiti tag of a large red spider painted on a wooden construction fence.
Generally, I ignore the "modern art" of the masses. I must be far too uncivilized to appreciate the subtle nuances of the work. But in this case, the meaning was not open to interpretation.
Do the young people of this city really want to turn the mysterious creature known as Spider-Man into some kind of modern-day Robin Hood?
It has been three months since the terrorist attack at Oscorp Tower in Midtown Manhattan. Three months since a man who had changed into a seven-foot tall lizard battled against another man in a red and blue unitard who could crawl up walls. Three months since the city was introduced to a new status quo, one that will adversely affect the entire planet. It has been three months, and we know nothing more about the man called Spider-Man than we did on that terrible night.
This masked, web-slinging vigilante has refused to identify himself. He has given no public statements. He has refused to be interviewed by the police. He has repeatedly refused requests from the media, including from this paper, to provide some assurance to the people of this city that he means us no harm.
Who appointed him as the new sheriff in town? I didn't. Did you?
What gives him the moral, much less legal, authority to decide who deserves punishment and how that punishment should be doled out?
Heroes do not need to promote their actions, but they also do not hide from the people they help. Until Spider-Man tells us more about himself, he is no hero. I dare him to prove me wrong."
While J. Jonah Jameson's presence in the sequel hasn't been officially confirmed, we reported in August that Jim Carrey may be playing the role, after the actor was spotted on the set by a fan. Stay tuned for more reports from The Daily Bugle as we near closer to The Amazing Spider-Man 2's May 3, 2014 release date.