‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ to Be Scored by Hans Zimmer & Pharrell Williams

Published 1 year ago by , Updated October 29th, 2013 at 5:20 pm,

The Amazing Spider Man 2 Pharrell Williams The Amazing Spider Man 2 to Be Scored by Hans Zimmer & Pharrell Williams

Much of the time, the musical scores of superhero films are as outsized as their subjects. One need only hear the opening bars of John Williams’ classic opening theme for Superman or the pounding drums of Hans Zimmer’s Batman Begins score to evoke Metropolis or Gotham City.

For all its good qualities, 2012′s The Amazing Spider-Man sported a fairly lackluster example of the usually bombastic superhero score. Perhaps this is why that film’s composer, James Horner, has been switched out in favor of the aforementioned Zimmer for its sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Intriguingly, it looks like Zimmer will actually receive help on the film’s music with an somewhat unusual source – veteran rapper, producer, and composer Pharrell Williams.

In an interview with Billboard, Pharrell revealed that he will be working closely with Hans Zimmer on the score for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This would not be the first time Pharrell has worked with Zimmer – the pair have worked together multiple times, including on the scores for Man of Steel and the 84th Annual Academy Awards in 2012.

A prolific artist of multiple talents, Pharrell is currently best known for his recent collaborations on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” two songs that have dominated charts and airwaves in 2013. Despite this recent fame, Pharrell has been an active as the voice of funk/hip-hop band N.E.R.D. and production duo The Neptunes for over a decade. He has collaborated on projects with Madonna, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, and many more.

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Image of composer Hans Zimmer.

The exact extent and nature of Pharrell’s collaboration on the score for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is unknown. He may take a role similar to the one he had on Despicable Me 2, a film for which he wrote several original songs (and received an Annie Award nomination as a result). Or, Pharrell could take on a full co-composer position along with Zimmer – surely a coup for that portion of his career and for the character of the resultant soundtrack.

After the bland-but-serviceable score for The Amazing Spider-Man, bringing on the combination of a highly in-demand, major film composer and an up-and-coming producer-performer could be quite the shot in the arm for its sequel. Whether it’s original songs or simply behind-the-scenes production, Pharrell’s involvement is yet another aspect of what’s shaping up to be a movie more interesting than the average follow-up.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will drop into theaters on May 2nd, 2014.

Source: Billboard [via Cinema Blend]

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  1. I’m down, personally.

  2. Well, this sounds incredible.

  3. good for him, i’ve been a fan of the Neptunes since they started.

    • ~G~R~I~N~D~I~N~G

  4. I will be glad to listen to Hans Zimmer tinkle on his piano. You know, I used to tinkle on my piano a little bit myself…until I realized it was taking the varnish off….

  5. Did the rapper do the first Despicable Me? There were some pretty heavy funky stuff in there, and Hans Zimmer is the composer.

    Would be interesting to see if Zimmer does an overhaul of the score, or adapt the ASM score.

    Maybe he can cooperate with Ben Affleck’s favourite composer to create the music for Batman vs Superman.

  6. I think casting 26 year old for a part where the character has been notoriously middle aged is weird.
    Obviously can’t put anything down based on small details like this but
    yeah- underwhelmed.

    • wow- this was for the fantastic four article haha -.-”

  7. Im extremely cool with this. Pharell did some really funky stuff with despicable me which i liked a lot. A collaboration sounds very appealing to me

  8. When I saw the the spiderman picture and Pharrell I thought is an article about Pharrell been cast as Miles for spiderman.

  9. I think Kyle meant to say JAMES Horber not John Horner. Agree that the first film’s score was lacklustre but surely there are other options than Zimmer?

    There are other composers out there.

    • That he did. That he did. Thank you.

  10. They worked together on Man of Steel

  11. Please do.

  12. There were aspects of TASM’s score that I really enjoyed. The piano bits really did it for me, the Spider-man theme grew on me, the little moments with Peter Parker. I really didn’t care too much for the Lizard music, though I understand what the director was going for with it. I also wasn’t a big fan of the music that played during the basketball scene. Regardless, I’m happy to see that we’ll be getting something different, and hopefully better for round 2 in the franchise.

  13. this sounds like a cool combo

  14. The article states “Despite this recent fame”… his fame never left.. he is one of the biggest cross over producers in the past decade or more..

  15. Daft Punk were awesome until Pharrell came along. Now they are irritating as hell. Then Pharrell and Robin Thicke came along and it’s even worse.



  16. Pharrel will be doing the drums like he did in MoS.

  17. Wow, I personally think that Promises (the ending title for ASM) was amazing. I really dig the hopeful spirit out of it. I rate it above Zimmer’s MoS (which I love too) and Djawadi’s Pacific Rim.

  18. I hated the first movie but I would love to hear how this score will come together. Pharrell’s work on bothe DM 1 & 2 are a highlight to the films

  19. Shame about the actual movie though.

  20. I had to check to see if it was April Fools day, even though I am preparing for Halloween. WTF?