Oscar-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 Thursday by Lia Vollack, president of worldwide music for Sony Pictures.
Director Marc Webb recently tweeted (in Elvish text, no less) that a teaser trailer for the highly-anticipates sequel will debut in front of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which hits theaters on Dec. 13.
Zimmer, who won an Oscar for his work on “The Lion King,” previously collaborated with Williams on Universal’s hit animated film “Despicable Me.” They later collaborated on the music for the 84th Annual Academy Awards.
Marr played on Zimmer’s score for the hit film “Inception” and Einziger played on his score for “The Lone Ranger,” while Stewart played with Zimmer on the score for “Madagascar 3.”
“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,” said Zimmer. “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.”
“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,” added Vollack. “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!”
Webb directed “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” from a script by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner that is based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach produced the movie, which swings into U.S. theaters on May 2, 2014, with international release dates commencing April 16, 2014.
Williams is featured on Robin Thicke’s hit single “Blurred Lines,” which Williams also produced, as well as Daft Punk’s groovy tune “Get Lucky,” which Williams co-wrote.
Marr is a founding member of The Smiths who recently worked with Modest Mouse and released the solo album “The Messenger.”
Einziger is a founding member of the band Incubus who recently scored the Josh Duhamel film “Scenic Route.”
Best known for his work with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock group Eurythmics, Stewart recently released a solo album titled “Lucky Numbers.”