Sony Pictures and Director Marc Webb have been teasing us about whether there’s going to be an Amazing Spider-Man sequel to the new reboot of the franchise. Turns out, they’ve had one approved for many months now. With the first not even out yet, they must be pretty confident that it’s not going to take a nose dive. The first step in the production process, the hiring of the writers, is done and prospects for the next installment look promising.
Sony nabbed up Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to pen the next film. For those that have been living life under a rock, this dynamic duo is responsible for putting together the scripts for such iconic geek-genre flicks as Star Trek 1 & 2, Transformers 1 & 2 and Cowboys and Aliens. Not a bad resume. They’ve proven themselves so far and now they have the opportunity to do it again with The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
One of the original writers, James Vanderbilt, has reportedly already laid out the script for the second film. Though Kurtzman and Orci are likely to do whatever they please with the rewrite, the presence of a first draft will hopefully mean that they don’t wander too far off the beaten path from what Vanderbilt and Webb have been building up to.
When asked of their involvement on the project, Kurtzman and Orci made it known that they were pleased as a pig in shit to get the job. They are both long-time fans of the comic books and, after all, what franchise could generate more geek-cred than Spider-Man?
Such a golden-boy writing team indicates that Sony is looking to make this Spider-Man reboot into a something big. They have set a tentative release date of May, 2014 and hope to begin production sometime early 2013.
Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the heads-up on this story.