With Marvel’s magnum opus ‘The Avengers’ (or Avengers Assemble as it’s known over here in blighty) on course to dominate the box office when it finally rolls out internationally this week, it’s easy to forget Marvel’s other big superhero movie coming out over the summer. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ isn’t even released until July but it seems that Marvel have such confidence in Marc Webb’s reboot of everyone’s favorite neighborhood arachnid, that they quickly commissioned original writer James Vanderbilt to knock out a sequel.
Now comes word that blockbuster writing pair Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are coming on board to rewrite Vanderbilt’s draft to said sequel which will also see them serve as Executive Producers on the project.
Producer Matt Tolmach said:
“Alex and Bob have a unique ability to write great character and spectacular action that makes them pitch perfect for Spider-Man. They’ve been friends of ours for a long time and they have an exciting take on the franchise – we’re thrilled to have them join the Spider-Man family.”
Kurtzman and Orci said:
“We grew up as huge Spider-Man fans so, to us, the opportunity to work on this film is akin to being handed the Holy Grail. We love the direction Sony and the filmmakers are taking the Peter Parker/Spider-Man mythology and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this legendary franchise.”
Of course this should come as no surprise as Kurtzman and Orci have effectively cornered the market in big, studio tentpole movies, with writing credits including ‘Transformers’, ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘Eagle Eye’ and more recently ‘Cowboys and Aliens’. Currently they have ‘Ender’s Game’ and ‘Star Trek 2′ in production, while Kurtzman’s directorial debut ‘People Like Us’ with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks will be released this June.
I’m really liking what I’ve seen from ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’. I think Andrew Garfield seems a perfect fit for the role the more I see of him and I think Webb’s style is vastly different enough to distance itself completely from Raimi’s version of the character, granting it its own identity. With films like ‘The Avengers’, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Prometheus’, I hope that Spidey doesn’t find himself lost amidst all the summer mayhem. I will say this for sure though, it looks like it’s going to be one helluva summer…
‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is releases this July and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen and Sally Field.