Studios hiring screenwriters for sequels to their tentpoles well before its release is considered standard practice nowadays. Whether or not the first film installment will do well remains to be seen, but Sony truly believes that they have a hit on their hands with The Amazing Spider-Man. So they’ve hired Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to pen the rewrites to James Vanderbiltâ€™s script for the very possible and almost assured sequel.
According to Deadline, Kurtzman and Orci have been brought in to rewrite the script that Vanderbilt has already drafted. The sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man has been scheduled for May 2, 2014.
This is what the two had to say about their hiring:
“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.”
They certainly have the passion for writing this chapter in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, but can they pull it off? The duo did deliver us 2009’s Star Trek and Mission: Impossible III, but they also gave us bombs like Cowboys & Aliens and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. So like it or not, these two are being brought in to rewrite the sequel. Whether or not the script can stand up to the likes of the great villain of all – the critics – remains to be seen. Until then we will have to wait and see.
The Amazing Spider-Man comes to theaters on July 3, 2012.