'Star Trek' Scribes Hired to Rewrite 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Sequel
by Ethan Anderton
April 24, 2012
This news should draw quite the divisive line in the sand for fanboys out there, so let's see what happens. Though we're still a couple months away from the release of The Amazing Spider-Man from director Marc Webb, Sony Pictures is already eager to start development on the inevitable sequel. An official press release from the studio has revealed that J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot scribes and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been hired to rewrite a sequel to the summer release, which already has a release date set for May 2nd, 2014, and they will also serve as executive producers on the film also.
The writing duo had this to say about their new gig:
"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. 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."
It sounds like they might have the same passion as our new Peter Parker, actor Andrew Garfield, but that's not all it takes. The writing team has delivered success with Star Trek, the first Transformers on some level and Mission: Impossible III, but they also had duds in the form of Cowboys & Aliens and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. James Vanderbilt (who was working on Spider-M4n for Sam Raimi) scripted the first draft of The Amazing Spider-Man (as well as this sequel) with rewrites from Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves and Spider-Man sequel writer Alvin Sargent, so hopefully Kurtzman and Orci can pick up seamlessly where they left off and continue to make this a great new launch for everyone's favorite wallcrawler.