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Roberto Orci Exits Sony’s Spider-Man Franchise


Roberto Orci, who co-wrote and executive produced The Amazing Spider-Man 2, says he’s no longer “officially involved in” the Sony Pictures franchise. His former writing/producing partner Alex Kurtzman remains on board as producer, and as director of the planned Venom spinoff.

“I don’t know what their plans are for that franchise,” Orci tells IGN. “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.”

In January, Orci talked about the Spider-Man franchise, but by April he and Kurtzman went their separate ways, with Orci turning his attention to co-writing, and possibly directing, Star Trek 3. As of last week, however, Paramount Pictures has yet to make that gig official.

At this point, the Spider-Man franchise includes plans for Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Kurtzman’s Venom and Drew Goddard’s The Sinister.


  • lewis4510

    Given the AS2’s horrendous reviews and downward trending box office take from the previous installments, this not a surprise.

  • Stikman

    One down, one to go.

  • MediaSELLS

    I’ve seen enough horrible Spider-Man movies, I’m all set.

  • yoshi

    Hopefully they’ll change the director as well, they have both been truly awful. i dont think sony have any idea where there going with the character. None of the films have any substance.

  • Jeff

    Wait, where in this quote does it say he’s not longer involved? He says “WE” have to figure out what they want, schedule wise. This just sounds like he doesn’t have any new news on the franchise…

  • Jeff Gutman

    This is great news actually.
    Now if they can only take a few years off and focus on making sure they have a story to tell and exactly how the character should be done right, it could make for some amazing films. You know the people in charge do not get this character at ALL when he’s strutting across the stage at his high school graduation, kissing the valedicatorian and giving out high fives. I don’t know who that is, but its not Peter Parker.
    Also, “Eeeeeyyeeee Ahhmmm Duhhh RHyyyyyyNoooooooooooo!!!” Paul Giamatti, I may never forgive you.

  • Manuel Zavatta

    Let’s hope in a marvel studio takeover.

  • PietroMaximoff

    well, if ASM 2 had been more than a glorified preview for sinister six of ASM 3…

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    I feel like Sony’s obssession with keeping up with Marvel, Warner and Fox is a battle they cannot win, and the need to make every Spidey Movie a giant ad for its future films is going to hurt them. Was ASM2 a terrible movie? Not at all, but it suffered because the writers and producers felt the need to shove in teasers and several plots, many of which didn’t gel together. And whist I like the idea of movies for villains they almost seem to be grasping at straws of the few elements they do have the rights to.
    They either need to strengthen their resolve for what exactly they intend to create, or consider a partnership with Marvel which would allow them to co-exist at last.

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