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With Marc Webb still in production on the second part of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″, Sony is already thinking far ahead — all the way to 2018. The studio has officially penciled in a 2016 and 2018 release date for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ and “The Amazing Spider-Man 4″.
Press release ahoy.
With Sony Pictures Entertainment now in production in New York on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, slated for release on May 2, 2014, the studio is planting its flag on two future release dates for one of the most successful franchises in studio history, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. The next two films in the story of Peter Parker will be released on June 10, 2016, and on May 4, 2018, respectively.
Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. The executive producers are E. Bennett Walsh, Stan Lee, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci.
The Amazing Spider-Man took in over $750 million at the worldwide box office last year.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″, starring Andrew Garfield as the webcrawler, along with Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and Paul Giamatti, opens next year May 2, 2014. It will now be followed by “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ on June 10, 2016 and “The Amazing Spider-Man 4″ on May 4, 2018.
Hopefully Peter Parker (aka Andrew Garfield) will have already graduated from college by the fourth part, or he would essentially be playing a 34-year old college student. Heck, I guess it doesn’t really matter. He’s currently playing a 30-year old high school student in part 2, anyway.