James Horner had a blast working with The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb on the first movie, but Sony and the producers had different plans for the sequel. They decided to hire Hans Zimmer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Horner explained why in a new interview with James Horner Film Music:
JHFM: So The Amazing Spider-Man was quite unusual for you, it was probably the director’s personality that brought you to this project, because he had a different vision for this film?
JH: He was very inexperienced and he and I had a very good relationship and the producers had their own opinion. And they didn’t want his input. And then Sony had their own, they just wanted action.
To me, the whole thing about doing the movie was I liked the director and there was a chance to write something for the two lead characters and then she dies in the next movie. But the next movie ended up being so terrible, I didn’t want to do it. It was just dreadful.
It sounds like Horner isn’t too upset about not writing the score for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Whose music did you prefer? Horner’s score from The Amazing Spider-Man, or Hans Zimmer’s new take for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Let me know in the comments below.