‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Screenwriter Trio Returning to Pen ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 3rd, 2013 at 8:22 am,

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Sony, no doubt, had to pay the big bucks to get screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci – the writer/producer duo whose resume includes Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Transformers and… Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (mostly the good parts, to be fair) – along with Jeff Pinkner (Kurtzman/Orci’s collaborator on the television series Alias and Fringe) onboard to pen the script for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, drawing from an earlier draft written by James Vanderbilt (who co-wrote the first installment).

The studio had already confirmed that Kurtzman and Orci will be staying onboard as executive producers for the next two Amazing Spider-Man movies. However, today we have an update on the situation for Amazing Spider-Man 3, revealing that Kurtzman, Orci and Pinkner have been recruited to write the script once again (this time, from their original screen story).

THR is reporting that Pinkner will co-write Amazing Spider-Man 3 with Kurtzman and Orci, while the latter duo also serve as producers alongside Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach once again. Too bad if you’re not a fan of Kurtzman and Orci; these guys aren’t dropping out of the blockbuster game anytime soon, seeing how they’ll also be writing the next Star Trek, in addition to producing a reboot of The Mummy and Van Helsing franchises (building on their most recent success with re-inventing a supernatural horror property, on the Sleepy Hollow TV series).

And, lest we forget: Kurtzman is working to get a Locke & Key movie franchise off the ground, while there’s a reasonable chance that he and Orci will produce any sequels to this November’s Ender’s Game movie adaptation (should that sci-fi film prove to be a satisfactory hit, that is). So, again, hopefully you’re a fan of their approach to characterization, mythos-building, and storytelling in general (because if you’re not, well… you might have to skip on large chunks of geek entertainment that’s arriving over the next couple years).

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 will, according to Kurtzman, provide some closure to many of the plot threads left dangling (gotta love the spider puns…) and questions unanswered in the first movie, especially where it concerns Peter Parker’s parents and their secret work for the ailing biotech research/development industrialist, Norman Osborn (played by Chris Cooper in the sequel).

Sony is playing the long game with its rebooted Spider-Man film continuity – one that leads to a Sinister Six appearance in the fourth installment (given that we’ve read between the lines correctly, that is). As such, it makes sense that the studio would prefer to keep the same crew steering this ship hereon out, with respect to the writing staff. That’s the same approach favored by Marvel Studios (see: using the same writers on multiple films), which 20th Century Fox is also imitating by having Simon Kinberg work on the scripts for two key installments in its own budding shared comic book cinema-verse (X-Men: Days of Future Past and the Fantastic Four reboot).

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Directors, however, are another story, as Marvel prefers to play musical chairs with who sits at the helm, even when it comes to movies in the same franchise (The Avengers, aside). That makes it difficult to claim that Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2 director Marc Webb will also return for TASM3 with any certainty, even given how deeply he’s immersed in the wonderful world of Spider-Man right now (see: his photo-a-day promotion of production on the sequel via social media).

On the other hand, Fox learned the hard way that not relying upon a single filmmaker’s inspired vision to guide a comic book movie franchise can backfire – with the lackluster X-Men movies that did not involve Bryan Singer and failed to uphold his style of storytelling (the exception being director James Mangold’s The Wolverine). The poor critical showings for those X-Men films seem to have affected the box office returns for subsequent installments, which is a cautionary tale that Sony ought to heed.

As more “proof” that Amazing Spider-Man 3 could benefit from stability in both the area of writing and direction: we’ve argued many a time before that Amazing Spider-Man‘s shortcomings can be mostly ascribed to Sony’s interference, not Webb’s failure as director. Hence, it may be advisable for Sony to bring him back for Part 3 – assuming that Webb’s other movie obligations don’t prevent that from happening (…and that he wants to return, of course).


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in U.S. theaters on May 2nd, 2014, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 10th, 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 on May 4th, 2018.

Source: THR

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  1. “with the lackluster X-Men movies that did not involve Bryan Singer and failed to uphold his style of storytelling (the exception being director James Mangold’s The Wolverine)”

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Matthew Vaughn directed X-Men: First Class and that was hands down the best one. It has its problems, sure. But it’s so much better than even Singer’s films.

    • Unless, you’re counting his production credit on it.

      Inserting foot in mouth.

      • Singer also wrote the story for X-Men: First Class – so yeah, I was definitely not referring to that one. ;-)

        It’s all good, though, no worries.

        • FC was decent but definitely not that great.

          I’d say The Wolverine is definitely the best X-Men movie to date.

          Anyway, it’s good they have continuity with the same screenwriters.

          • I wouldn’t call The Wolverine an X- Men movie.

            That said, I think First Class is the best X- Men movie.

        • When Matthew Vaughn came in he took Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz’s script, threw it out, and completely rewrote it with his writing partner Jane Goldman.

          Kind of like Whedon did with The Avengers.

    • First Class:

  2. Spider-Man 2 is the peak of superhero movie greatness. I liked the reboot, thought it was pretty good despite its problems and the sequel sounds loads better. And with all the X-Men talk on this thread: X1 good but doesn’t hold up for me, X2 great, X3 terrible, Origins Wolverine, terrible, First Class good, Wolverine very good.


      Spidey 2 was incredible. TAMS2 has some big shoes to fill.

    • +1

  3. I’m cool with having the same writers. They aren’t the best out there but they are certainly solid and know how to deliver a story. I’m just bummed Marc Webb might not be returning for the third installment, let’s hope someone as talented comes aboard.

  4. Niceer

  5. Got to say X-2 is the best X-men film to date followed by x-men 1 then First class over the Wolverine and even tho it had a lot of problems I liked x-men 3 after first class then the Wolverine. It really hurts me to watch Origins but it does take place in the film continuity so I watch them all back to back. I really hope that after DOFP if they are not bringing back some important characters like Archangel, Gambit, Nightcrawler, and Cyclops I really want a Remake.

  6. I hope to see Doc Ock, Scorpion, and Kraven as the Villains, and maybe see Spider Woman and Black cat.

    • Scorpion and Mysterio for the next villains, please.
      And get Spidey some help if he might have to fight six villains at once!

    • I’ll go with Kraven, really want to see his portrayal in the big screen. Just cast Joe Manganiello for the part, and I’m sure it will be a hit with (at least) the ladies.

  7. im sick of Peter Parker man jus expand to other characters, the vaults are full with characters and they keep going back to boy scouts

  8. Any thoughts on a Superior Spider-Man film?

    • So is that a no…cool…cool .___.

      • Ok… I’ll just stay here and…read.

        • sorry did i upset you cause i’m sick of Peter Parker

  9. One small correction: it’s “James” Vanderbilt.

    • Bagh, I should’ve caught that before.

      Thanks for the catch! It’s been corrected.

  10. Paul Giamatti has confirmed that he will be on the 3rd movie, so it’s basically a spoiler alert that Rhino will not meet a bad ending in the 2nd one. Jamie Foxx also hinted that Electro can be revived easily. Then again, Spidey doesn’t kill his enemies, so any of his enemies is bound to return again and again.

    • Shut up *Thwip*

  11. I’m looking forward to the sequel to Amazing Spider man especially since Dan Slott’s abortion job on the comic book