We’ve been dying for information on the “Amazing Spider-Man 2” villain team-up of the Sinister Six, but now, we’ve gotten word of a super-group of a different kind. Director Marc Webb and composer Hans Zimmer are working with a who’s who of musicians to form a super-group in charge of tackling the score.
On tap are Pharrell Williams, who previously worked with Zimmer on “Despicable Me;” Johnny Marr, a founding member of The Smiths; Michael Einziger, guitarist for Incubus; and Dave Stewart, one half of the Eurythmics. And what brings this murderer’s row together?
“That was the thing that united all of us — the great love for Spider-Man,” Zimmer said in a press release. “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.”
Though this might be the biggest super-group to ever score a major superhero movie (wonder if each one of them will be scoring a different villain?), it’s not the first time a musician better known for his or her stage work has crossed over into scoring films:
» In 1999, French duo Air did the score for Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides.”
» The Chemical Brothers scored “Hanna” in 2011.
» Daft Punk did the score for “Tron: Legacy,” in 2010, and even appeared in a club scene during the movie (or maybe they didn’t, it’s hard to tell with the helmets).
» “There Will Be Blood” called on Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood for the score in 2007.
» At this point, Trent Reznor may have scored more movies than released Nine Inch Nails albums, having worked on “The Social Network,” “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” and more.
Heck, even Danny Elfman and Mark Knopfler, two highly accomplished film composers, started in rock music: Elfman was the lead singer for Oingo Bingo; while Knopfler was the frontman for Dire Straits.
Also, there was that time Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Pink teamed up to do “Lady Marmalade” for the “Moulin Rouge” soundtrack, which was pretty sweet.
Whether we’ll see Webb, Williams, Zimmer et al rocking it out in skimpy burlesque costumes for the “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ soundtrack remains to be seen. The movie will hit theaters domestically on May 2, 2014.