In case you were worried that “The Amazing Spider-Man” may lose its director and star for the sequel, you needn’t be. (I don’t blame you if you were concerned. After all, it happened to “The Hunger Games” and recently, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, two sequels that lost their original directors.) Columbia Pictures has confirmed that both Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield will indeed return for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″, which is set to start production in early 2013 for a May 2, 2014 release.
No story details have surfaced, but Webb will direct from a script by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, along with Jeff Pinkner, the trio working off an earlier draft by James Vanderbilt, who also wrote the first movie.
In a press release, Columbia prez Doug Belgrad said this about moving forward with a part two:
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.
Emma Stone, who plays Gwen Stacy in the reboot, is also expected back. Given that she’s currently dating Garfield in real life, I suspect once he’s signed back on, she is, too. Unless, of course, they broke up or something. Even then, I’m sure turning down a surefire hit like “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ would be a very dumb move. Emma Stone does not strike me as being a very dumb woman.
Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man”, depending on your perspective, is either pretty good or quite sucky. One thing’s for certain: it was a major hit for Columbia. Despite mostly mixed reviews, the film has earned $751 million worldwide, and should prove a major seller on DVD/Blu-ray.