The first film in the new Spider-Man franchise won’t be released for over a year, July 3rd 2012 to be exact, but that hasn’t stopped Sony from ordering development on it’s sequel. James Vanderbilt, screenwriter of The Amazing Spider-Man, has be signed to write the sequel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vanderbilt, “had a meeting with the Spider-Man filmmakers and studio execs yesterday outlining his take, getting a thumbs up, and will now begin writing.”
Even if you’re not excited for the upcoming reboot Sony obviously is and wants to take this series to the bank. Vanderbilt was originally attached to write Spider-Man 4 back when Sam Raimi and Toby Maguire were still on board for more web-slinging. Of course, we all know how that went sour. Sony didn’t leave Vanderbilt out of the loop though, when Spider-Man 4 was a lost cause they asked Vanderbilt to write an alternative Spider-Man story. This of course became The Amazing Spider-Man and apparently when Vanderbilt presented it to Sony he also had drafted an outline for a trilogy. So it comes as no surprise they felt Vanderbilt was the man to write the sequel to the yet to be released Spider-Man flick.
I’ll have to see The Amazing Spider-Man before I can sign off on Vanderbilt being the golden writer for the new Spider-Man franchise. But considering most movie-goers will be comparing it to the terrible, over-stuffed laugh that was Spider-Man 3 I think Vanderbilt’s Spider-Man will be full of win. For fans and the execs at Sony.