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Amazing Spider-Man Screenwriter To Return For Sequel

Although director Marc Webb is still shooting The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony has already signed screenwriter James Vanderbilt to start work on the sequel.

Heat Vision reports that Vanderbilt, who worked on Sam Raimi’s aborted Spider-Man 4 before being brought in to pen the franchise reboot (later revised by Alvin Sargent), met Wednesday with filmmakers and studio executives to outline his ideas for the follow-up and get their approval.

Although few concrete details have been revealed about the more character-driven Amazing Spider-Man, actor C. Thomas Howell confirmed last week that Rhys Ifans will, indeed play classic comic-book villain Dr. Curt Connors — aka the Lizard.

Vanderbilt, who penned the 2007 thriller Zodiac and co-wrote the 2010 adaptation of The Losers,  is also working on the upcoming remake of Total Recall.

The Amazing Spider-Man, which wraps its Los Angeles shoot in mid-April, stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Denis Leary, Chris Zylka, Campbell Scott, C. Thomas Howell, Julianne Nicholson and Annie Parisse. It will be released in 3D on July 3, 2012.


  • Anonymous

    I can’t say that I’m terribly excited by this. Who knows though? Maybe it was Raimi’s vision that prevented Spider-man from being the funny man he was meant to be.

  • Jacob

    As long as they don’t call it Amazing Spider-Man 2. That just sounds horrible.

  • Shift

    Shouldn’t they… you know, wait until the first movie comes out BEFORE rushing out and planning a sequel? Isn’t this kinda jumping the gun a bit?

  • stealthwise

    Why the F are they remaking Total Recall?

  • Tim

    The title for the sequel should be Spectacular Spider-Man.

    Also, other possible titles:

    The Spider-Man

    The Spider Returns

    2 Spider 2 Furious

  • Anonymous

    Because special effects have come a long way since then.

  • Jackmonroex

    why bother start no.2 until they see how the first 1 goes down.

  • Joey

    relative to other parts of producing a movie, it doesnt really cost much start writing the sequel. cos it’s just Vanderbilt hold up in a room somewhere in front of his computer… if ASM bombs, it’s a minimal loss… if it’s a success, the producers are already a leg up on time and money. i think ASM will have to bomb worse than Turn Off the Dark for it to not warrant a sequel

  • Whatzup

    Total Recall was change to fit Arnold’s body type and acting ability. The part was originally for Patrick Swayze, but their was some budgeting problems. By the time they was ready Patrick move on to another film so the got Arnold to do the film. They had to make some major changes to the original script. I think they are going to make the film they really wanted to make in the 80’s.