Roberto Orci Leaves 'Amazing Spider-Man 3,' So When Is It Coming?
Just last month we heard a rumor that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 might not end up arriving in theaters on June 10th, 2016 as Sony Pictures planned, even before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrived. Now it sounds like there might be some credence to that rumor as co-writer Roberto Orci has revealed that he's no longer involved in the third film in the rebooted Marvel franchise. This is likely due to the recent professional parting of the ways between Orci and his producing and writing partner Alex Kurtzman back in April, but a change like this puts the certainty of the franchise's release timeline into question. Read on!
Speaking with IGN, here's what Orci said when asked about The Amazing Spider-Man 3:
“I’m not officially involved in it. I don't know what their plans are for that franchise. I don't ever want to say never, but we have to figure out what their scheduling is in terms of when they want each movie. I've read probably as much as anyone else. There's a love for ‘The Sinister Six,’ the idea of ‘Venom’ -- there's an idea of Spider-Man's going to be one of these characters that's part of our business. He's such a popular character. Spider-Man's not going to go away any time soon. When it all happens and how and all that has yet to be determined. I don't want to say anything about what they should do. I don't want them to think I'm spilling the beans about something."
That sounds like it's not really his concern anymore, and that's not surprising since Orci has to worry about making his feature directorial debut with Star Trek 3 for producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures. While we had heard that the spin-offs for Venom and The Sinister Six would arrive before The Amazing Spider-Man 4, it sounds like either one could arrive before The Amazing Spider-Man 3, depending on how soon Sony Pictures gets all their ducks in a row. The real problem is that the studio has a franchise that is losing its audience with every new film.
The most recent sequel is the lowest grossing Spider-Man film to date (when you adjust for inflated ticket prices and 3D surcharges compared to the box office for Sam Raimi's trilogy), and if fans aren't turning out as much for the main hero franchise, why are they going to care about the spin-offs? It seems likely that Sony has some work to do when it comes to the direction of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and a delay couldn't hurt so maybe audiences don't get overloaded on the webslinger, even if that already seems to be the case no matter what they do. Sony should probably just give Spidey back to Marvel. Thoughts?