Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider Man and harbinger of its sequel and coming future, confirmed a piece of news that had a lot of people talking, and had me rejoicing: Hans Zimmer, the man responsible for the the musical score for The Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel, will helm the score for The Amazing Spider Man 2.
Wow. Now THAT is the definition of a bombshell.
Hans Zimmer is one of the most renowned musical collaborators of all time, dishing out some of the most memorable themes and tunes in film history. But what matters most here is that he composed the scores to four huge blockbusters, all of which were comic book films. The Dark Knight Trilogy is Zimmer at his dominate form and Man of Steel at his most understated and epic form. So how, exactly, will he handle TASM2? James Howard Newton I believe did a marvelous job at presenting a different musical angle with Spider Man, deriving from Danny Elfman and Christopher Young and adding more emotion and virtuoso to the beginning stages of an upcoming superhero. And with all the big news and plot lines going on in TASM2, things might have to be kicked up a notch or two; and this is where Hans Zimmer comes into play.
Hans Zimmer is use to handling movies with epic situations and emotional drama, and TASM2 seems to have both of those in strong supply. I can already see a very electric, rhythmic composition for Electro and a tweaked theme for Spider Man. And being the genius that he is, Hans Zimmer will undoubtedly supply enough drum beats to keep the ears ringing.
All in all this is a gigantic addition to the rebooted Spider Man series. With Zimmer now on the playing field, and all the little surprises and hints from Comic Con 2013, TASM2 stands a much stronger chance on its own eight feet.
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Film music – whether Max Steiner’s groundbreaking score for King Kong in 1933 or Bernard Herrmann’s brilliant four chords and five notes which went into the music for Citizen Kane – will be examined in a major BBC autumn season.
The broadcaster on Thursday announced details of programmes on BBC4 and its radio stations celebrating composers, songs and film scores that can sometimes be just as important as the images audiences are watching.
Helen Boaden, the BBC’s director of radio, said there would be “an incredible breadth” of programming. “We want to give our audiences a deep understanding of what music does for film. How it works – which I think most will find fascinating – and the people involved in that relationship. And of course we want to give pleasurable programming, simple enjoyment. It is not just the things that are good for you, it is things that give you pleasure.”
On BBC4, the writer and composer Neil Brand will present a three-part documentary called Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made the Movies, exploring great scores including Vangelis’s music for Chariots of Fire in 1981; Martin Scorsese’s decision to use 60s rock and pop in Mean Streets (1973); and what Brand said was one of the finest of all scores – John Barry’s music for the 1965 thriller The Ipcress File.
Radio 3 will feature many programmes over three weeks in September including the Guardian’s Tom Service exploring some of the most significant composer-director collaborators such as George Fenton and Ken Loach; and James Horner on his partnerships with James Cameron and Ron Howard.
Radio 2’s contribution will be a four-part series from Mark Kermode called The Soundtrack of My Life while Radio 6 Music will include programmes in which people such as the actor Cillian Murphy and the composer David Arnold pick their favourite film moments. Jarvis Cocker will also explore the sound effects department at a UK film studio while Huey Morgan will examine Blaxploitation.
There will also be themed programmes on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and the BBC Asian Network. Boaden said: “I honestly think that only the BBC could offer this range, this depth, this expertise and this simple delight and pleasure in music.”