It’s been known for some time that a sequel to ‘’The Amazing Spider-Man’ was in the works (okay actually more than 1 sequel), but what wasn’t known was if director Marc Webb or Spidey himself, Andrew Garfield, would be returning. Well, wonder no longer as Sony Pictures has officially announced that the two will be around for a second go with the web-slinger film.
Normally when most movies make a ton of money, the studio will lock in the main talent and director for subsequent sequels. For some reason, that wasn’t done with ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.’ Considering the sequel has made $750 million worldwide and that a script was immediately in the works, Garfield, Webb and Emma Stone (who played Gwen Stacy) were still not signed on to reprise their roles.
At first it was thought Webb would not be available because of his contractual obligations with Fox. Webb was obligated to direct another movie with the studio but the schedule would have conflicted with the timeline for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ Fox, according to the LA Times, was willing to negotiate with Webb to allow him to direct the sequel only if he would agree to direct 2 pictures for them instead of one. Whether this was the deal that was reached to allow Webb to be free for the ‘Spider-Man’ sequel or if there was another solution was not said. Regardless Webb is now officially directing.
As for Stone, it’s said she is still in negotiations to return as Peter Parker’s love interest but at the moment, nothing has been locked down.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ will be based on a script that was originally written by James Vanderbilt (who wrote the original screenplay) and reworked by the Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner. Not much more is known about the plot of the film or who the next villain Spider-Man will be up against.
What is known is that production for the sequel will begin sometime early in 2013 and will be released May 2, 2014.
“We could not be more confident in the direction we are taking this new Spider-Man storyline and we are tremendously excited to be ramping up production again with Marc at the helm and Andrew continuing on as Peter Parker,” said Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, “We can’t wait to share what we have in store for Peter and Spider-Man with audiences worldwide.”