Roberto Orci parted ways with longtime writing and producing partner Alex Kurtzman recently and is moving on to script and direct ‘Star Trek 3’. As such, he is now officially not working on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3‘ and in fact, states that Sony is unsure of the future for the super hero franchise. Previously, Orci was slated to write the next Spidey flick, along with Kurtzman and Jeff Pinkner. But with the dissolution of their partnership, Orci is moving on.
Not only that, but after ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘ stumbled at the box office, Orci states that studio Sony isn’t sure about the franchise’s future. He said in a statement:
“I don’t know what their plans are for that franchise. I don’t ever want to say never, but we have to figure out what their scheduling is in terms of when they want each movie. I’ve read probably as much as anyone else. There’s a love for the Sinister Six, the idea of Venom — there’s an idea of Spider-Man’s going to be one of these characters that’s part of our business. He’s such a popular character. Spider-Man’s not going to go away any time soon. When it all happens and how and all that has yet to be determined.”
Sony had previously expressed that they planned to build an entire cinematic universe around Andrew Garfield’s take on Spider-Man, including, as Orci stated, movies starring the Sinister Six and Venom. But considering that the last two ‘Spider-man’ movies have steadily decreased in box office dollars and have not been warmly received by critics or audiences, it’s possible that the studio may be re-examining things. Clearly, these movies have been set up as a trilogy, but could that have changed? Previously, there were rumblings that Sony may adapt ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ starring Miles Morales in the future. Could that be fast-tracked?
Another possibility is that ‘Sinister Six’ could move forward sooner as director Drew Goddard stepped away from serving as the showrunner for Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ series in order to focus on the movie.
What do you think? Is this a bad omen? What would you like to see Sony do with its Spider-Man property?
Source: Screen Rant