As ubiquitous as writing/producing pair Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been in recent years - both in television (Transformers Prime, Hawaii Five-0, Fringe) and Hollywood blockbusters (Mission: Impossible III, Transformers, Star Trek) - the fan-fave scribes have surprisingly never contributed to a superhero movie before. (And no, Cowboys & Aliens doesn't count.)
That changes today, with the announcement that "Hollywood's Secret Weapons" (as Forbes calls the duo) have been tapped to rewrite the untitled sequel to this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man, a.k.a. Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Deadline broke the story about Kurtzman and Orci being hired on for the Amazing Spider-Man sequel. The pair will rework a previous draft penned by ASM co-writer James Vanderbilt, so as to ensure that production on the film is ready to get underway by the early portion of 2013 - with the intention of making a May 2014 release date previously set for the next chapter in the "untold story" of Peter Parker.
Amazing Spider-Man players Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are already in place to reprise their parts as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, respectively, in future 3D installments of the web-slinger's rebooted saga. Director Marc Webb has seemed open to the idea of coming back for future Spidey films, but his return will almost certainly depend in part on ASM's critical reception (and financial returns).
With regards to Kurtzman and Orci working on the Amazing Spider-Man sequel... well, as in-demand they certainly are, there's a fairly vocal (if minor) contingent of fans who feel the duo are (put kindly) overrated. When you look at the pair's resume as a whole, though, the hits seem to readily outnumber the misses; more than that, the Spider-Man universe reads as a solid fit for the duo's storytelling sensibilities.
Of course, it's fair to also point out there's no guarantee that ASM will be a satisfactory box office smash when it hits theaters this summer (so as to justify a followup). Positive feedback to early footage previews - and the enduring bankability of the web-slinger property - provides reason enough to suspect that Sony's "gamble" (re: starting the Spider-Man movies over) will pan out.
Thus, Sony's decision to get a head start on a sequel to Amazing Spider-Man shouldn't end up becoming yet another example of a studio "jumping the gun" on building a new franchise, only to see those plans backfire (see: Green Lantern or Conan the Barbarian, for a recent example).
The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters around the U.S. on July 3rd, 2012.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 remains scheduled to arrive in U.S. theaters on May 2nd, 2014.