Sony is jumping the gun and placing a lot of faith in their The Amazing Spider-Man franchise: they’ve just announced release dates for the 3rd and 4th films. Yes, you can say that they’re definitely planning ahead.
They’ve got the films spaced about 2 years apart (which is worth noting because the upcoming DC-based films are rumored to be released 1 year apart). It will be interesting to see whether director Marc Webb will stay on board for all 4 films, given that the schedule probably wouldn’t leave him too much time to pursue any other projects.
Here’s the schedule Sony has set for the upcoming Spidey flicks:
– The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – May 2, 2014
– The Amazing Spider-Man 3 – June 10, 2016
– The Amazing Spider-Man 4 – May 4, 2018
What do you guys think about this move by Sony? They haven’t mentioned anything about the cast or production crew being signed on to complete the film series, but I would assume that’s their next move. This probably also means they have a general idea of where they want to take the stories in the next few films – what storylines would you like to see included?
Hit the jump for the official press release.
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 17, 2013 – With Sony Pictures Entertainment now in production in New York on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, slated for release on May 2, 2014, the studio is planting its flag on two future release dates for one of the most successful franchises in studio history, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. The next two films in the story of Peter Parker will be released on June 10, 2016, and on May 4, 2018, respectively.
Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. The executive producers are E. Bennett Walsh, Stan Lee, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci.
The Amazing Spider-Man took in over $750 million at the worldwide box office last year.