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James Horner Says ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Was “Terrible,” Producers Didn’t Want Marc Webb’s Input

James Horner Says 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Was "Terrible," Producers Didn't Want Marc Webb's Input

With the next entry in “The Amazing Spider-Man” series not due until 2018, Sony is taking their time to lick their wounds and figure out how to right a ship that has gone very, very wrong. The fans have been largely displeased with the direction the franchise has taken, and the studio has managed to botch what should be a slam dunk, no brainer success. One key creative is opening up about some of the problems the beleaguered series faced, and it seems there were problems from day one.

Composer James Horner recently did an interview with fan site James Horner Film Music and didn’t hold back about his experience of jumping into the Marc Webb-directed first film, and why he decided not to return for a second round. It’s not pretty.

“He was very inexperienced and he and I had a very good relationship and the producers had their own opinion,” Horner explained about why he came aboard, and what happened behind the scenes. “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,” Horner said. “But the next movie ended up being so terrible, I didn’t want to do it. It was just dreadful.”

And few would disagree with that assessment of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” While the death of Gwen Stacy is one of the great Spider-Man storylines, it couldn’t have been handled more clumsily than it was in ‘Spider-Man 2,’ a decision that seemed to have been made mostly to speed up the run to “Sinister Six.” But instead, it set back the franchise even further, and whether or not it can rebound will likely be much of the conversation that Horner’s comments will stir up. [via Den Of Geek]

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Pure Bull****, how the f**k was the movie ruined?! Greedy a**holes


RASHANT DEKA, your opinion is very different than mine. I thought Amazing Spider-Man 2 was by far the worst. Raimi’s films had problems, but they were good (the first film was decent, second film was good, third film being so-so). Amazing Spider-Man I thought was okay, but Amazing 2 was just sloppy. Two hours and a half and they still managed to make the film feel rushed.

{rashant Deka

I don’t completely agree that AS-2 was a terrible movie. sure, the first part was the worst Spiderman movie ever but I think the sequel was very decent…it had some flaws but it was better than Sam Raimi’s one..i don’t understand the criticism AS-2 is focussed more on Peter’s personal dwellings than on action… hope the 3rd part is better in terms of character development.

Emperor Zerg Rush

While not wrong, Horner’s score for the first film sucked. Too many praised it falsely based on the fact that Horner was the one to compose it but it was so soulless and bland. Not that Zimmer & Co.’s work for 2 was any better. They should just re-hire Elfman at this point.


Webb is a promising director and an interesting storyteller. But Sony doesn’t seem to want that. They just wanted a young director they could control.


That’s a relief to hear; Webb did a fine job with 500 Days of Summer, and his flat work with the Spider Man franchise was a dissapointment. Hearing that he was probably railroaded gives me a little hope that we’ll see good stuff from him in the future.

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