Although we still have several months to wait before we see Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the ball is already rolling behind plans for the film’s sequel and its May 2, 2014, release date.
The first film’s screenwriter, James Vanderbilt, penned the first draft of the sequel’s script, but it was announced Tuesday (April 24) that Sony has hired the prolific writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to rewrite the script.
“We grew up as huge Spider-Man fans so, to us, the opportunity to work on this film is akin to being handed the Holy Grail,” Kurtzman and Orci said in a statement. “We love the direction Sony and the filmmakers are taking the Peter Parker/Spider-Man mythology and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this legendary franchise.”
Kurtzman and Orci are no strangers to penning blockbusters: They wrote “Star Trek” and its yet-untitled sequel (along with Damon Lindelof) for director J.J. Abrams, “Transformers,” “Cowboys and Aliens” and “Mission: Impossible III.”
“Alex and Bob have a unique ability to write great character and spectacular action that makes them pitch perfect for Spider-Man,” producer Matt Tolmach said in a statement. “They’ve been friends of ours for a long time, and they have an exciting take on the franchise — we’re thrilled to have them join the Spider-Man family.”
“It’s a thrill to have Alex and Bob put their stamp on this franchise that we all love so well,” producer Avi Arad added. “They have an innate understanding of what makes Peter Parker not just a superhero, but a hero for all of us.”
When they’re not busy writing blockbuster films, Kurtzman and Orci serve as executive producers on the upcoming sci-fi fantasy “Ender’s Game,” “Now You See Me” and “Hawaii Five-O.” They also wrote the upcoming drama “People Like Us,” which is Kurtzman’s feature directorial debut.
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