James Horner recently shed some light on his decision not to return to compose the score for Amazing Spider-Man 2.
“[Director Marc Webb] was very inexperienced and he and I had a very good relationship and the producers had their own opinion,” Horner explained. “And they didn't want his input. And then Sony had their own, they just wanted action.”
Horner added the direction of the films was ultimately the deciding factor in his departure.
“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,” he said. “But the next movie ended up being so terrible, I didn't want to do it. It was just dreadful.”
Upon his departure, Horner was replaced by Hans Zimmer.