Sony Pictures has hired Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to take a pass at the screenplay they have in development for a sequel this summer’s as-yet-unreleased superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man. The pair will be working from Amazing Spider-Man writer James Vanderbilt’s first draft for the currently untitled follow up.
Kurtman and Orci are no strangers to big-budget, tentpole franchise pictures. They are the writers behind Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean series, have scripted two of Transformer films and with co-screenwriter Damon Lindelof relaunched the Star Trek franchise with director J J Abrams for Paramount. Overall, they have a pretty strong track record and I can see why the studio brought them onto the project.
Sony is rebooting the Spider-Man franchise with Andrew Garfield in the role of the teen superhero who learns that with great power comes great responsibility on July 3. The studio is so confident in the film’s potential reception that they have already scheduled the sequel to go into production in the first quarter of 2013 for a May 2, 2014 release.