Sometimes the commentary and report is louder than the interview
itself. In this case, Elfman is recorded as having strong views on not scoring
Spider-Man 3. Here are some reports of this:
Spider-Man composer no more
Today the junket for The Corpse Bride junket was held in Toronto, at
the Toronto Film Festival. The junket in general was short on news - Tim Burton
is taking a break, Helena Bonham Carter has a few things in the hopper and Johnny
Depp is still knee-deep in Captain Jack Sparrow (his mouth was full of gold
teeth). But Danny Elfman dropped a surprise on me when I asked him whether Sam
Raimi had told him which villains for whom to consider themes. He's not doing
Spider-Man 3, he told me. I asked why.
Elfman: Spider-Man 2 was a miserable experience.
Q: Why? Was it too fast or
Elfman: Its a complicated thing.
Q: Why was it complicated?
Elfman: My connection to Sam got completely severed. As far as Im concerned,
he went to sleep and somebody put a pod next to him and when he awoke, he wasnt
the same person Ive known for a decade.
Q: Will you work with him again?
Elfman: No. He went from right there, number 2 on my list of favorite directors,
to the last to the exact opposite of everything I look for in a film
experience. Everything I could do on Spider-Man 1 I couldnt do
on Spider-Man 2. He got so intensely attached to the temp music, I couldnt
even adapt my own music. I couldnt get close enough to me.
Its the first time Ive ever walked from a director in twenty years,
and hopefully the last time. He became intolerable. Ive been on some heavy
duty films, so to say that it had to be pretty bad. I have been in war zones
you wouldnt believe in 55 films. But this is the first time Ive
said, Ive had it. Its just not worth it. I would rather go back
to waiting tables than to do Spider-Man 2 again.
Elfman & Raimi Split On Spider-Man
A surprisingly outspoken Danny Elfman revealed to About.com that he's had a
falling out with Spider-Man director Sam Raimi and won't be back to compose
the music for the third film.
"I'm not working on Spider-Man 3. I'm out of that. I won't miss
not doing it. Spider-Man 2 was a miserable experience. It's like my connection
with Sam got completely severed. As far as I'm concerned, he went to sleep,
somebody put a pod next to him and when he awoke, he wasn't the same person
I'd known for a decade" says Elfman. "He went from right there number
two on my list of favorite directors to the exact opposite of what I look for
in a film experience which is everything I could do on Spider-Man 1,
I couldn't do on Spider-Man 2. He got so intensely attached to the temp
music that I couldn't even adapt my own music close enough. Let me put it that
way. I couldn't get close enough to me, least of all anybody else who was in
the temp score."
You will hear Elfman's theme in Spider-Man 3 in any case because Raimi
owns it - "He can do whatever he wants. It's the first time I've ever walked
from a director in 20 years and ho[p]efully the last time I have to turn my
back on somebody but it became like intolerable. And I've been on some heavy
duty films, so to say that, it had to be pretty bad. I've been in war zones
you couldn't believe in 55 films but this is the first time I said, 'I've had
it. It's just not worth it. I'd rather go back to waiting tables than to do
Spider-Man 2 again, to have to have the same experience."