It was no surprise when Sony announced the sequel would be with us in 2014 last summer, a full year ahead of the first film’s release, and the studio confirmed back in July that they intend to turn the series into a new trilogy.
There was a slight question mark about Webb’s return for the sequel at the helm early on, but now it’s official: Marc Webb will be back behind the camera for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Andrew Garfield will be returning as our beloved Peter Parker / your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.
Emma Stone is in talks to reprise her role, as well, and given how much the audience loved her as the love interest, Gwen Stacy, and how Stone has already spoken of her interest to return, and ultimately follow Stacy’s fate in the comic books in a future film, it should be all but a given that she’ll be back for more in the sequel.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) will be credited for the screenplay, along with Jeff Pinker (Fringe, Lost), based on an original draft by James Vanderbilt, who penned the first film.
Avi Arad will be producing once more, alongside Matt Tolmach. Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, said of the news,
“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 Belgrad, who made the announcement along with production prexy Hannah Minghella. “We can’t wait to share what we have in store for Peter and Spider-Man with audiences worldwide.””
The original blockbuster turned its $230m. budget into more than $750m. at the box office this summer, and the sequel could well stand to go even further if handled right, building on the first film’s successes.
I loved The Amazing Spider-Man, and thought Webb was absolutely brilliant in his blockbuster debut, and can’t wait to see him and Garfield back for more.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is already set for release on 2ndMay, 2014, and production will be getting underway early next year. And before then, the first film will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D on 9th November in the US, and 26th November in the UK. I can’t wait to see it again. More as we get it.
Source: via Variety.