The Amazing Spider-Man (film series)
The Amazing Spider-Man is a film series directed by Marc Webb, featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. Sony Pictures Entertainment had previously produced a Spider-Man film trilogy and wished to reboot the franchise. Webb was hired to direct the reboot, which featured a new cast including Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors. The reboot's intention was to have Peter Parker develop his abilities in high school once again. The reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man was released in 2012 to positive reviews, and its sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released in 2014 to mixed reviews. Thus far, Webb's films have been produced on a total budget of $480 million and have grossed over $1.4 billion. The next upcoming and future films are The Sinister Six on November 11, 2016, a female centered spin-off in 2017, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 set for a 2018 release, another spin-off with the potential title Venom Carnage with no release date yet, and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 with no release date yet but was originally scheduled for May 4, 2018.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Simultaneously with the cancellation of Spider-Man 4, Sony announced that the franchise would be rebooted with a new director and new cast. The Amazing Spider-Man was released on July 3, 2012 in 3D and IMAX 3D, and is intended to focus on Peter Parker developing his abilities in high school. Sony also confirmed that James Vanderbilt would write the script for the new film and Marc Webb, whose previous film (500) Days of Summer was his directorial debut, would direct the reboot. Entertainment Weekly called Vanderbilt's script "gritty, contemporary" and referenced Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan's reboot of the Batman film series, which also reinvented the tone of the series. The cast includes Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors. Merchandising rights were sold by Sony to Disney Consumer Products in 2011, in exchange for full participation in the films themselves.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Series co-star Emma Stone said The Amazing Spider-Man will be the first in what is envisioned as a new series. Columbia Pictures said in March 2011 that it had contracted James Vanderbilt to write a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, and by April 2012, Sony had contracted Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner to re-write the sequel. In August 2011, nearly a year before The Amazing Spider-Man's release, Sony announced a sequel release date of May 2, 2014. Star Andrew Garfield said days before the release of The Amazing Spider-Man that, "If we do [a sequel], I hope I can do it — I hope they'd let me do it. ... They already have a release date for the second one. But no script! So we have our priorities in order." On September 14, 2012 it was confirmed that Garfield will return to the role and that Marc Webb will return as director. A second sequel is also expected. J. K. Simmons, who portrayed J. Jonah Jameson in Raimi's trilogy, expressed interest in returning to the role. On October 10, 2012 it was announced that Shailene Woodley was offered the role of Mary Jane Watson for the first sequel. Woodley was cast as Mary Jane Watson, but with a small role in the second film, and a larger role planned for the third film. However, it was announced on June 19, 2013, that Mary Jane was cut from the film and moved to the sequel in order to streamline the story and focus on the relationship between Garfield's and Stone's characters. On November 1, 2012 it was announced that Jamie Foxx was in "early talks" to play the role of Electro in the second film, later it was confirmed he will be playing the character. On November 16, 2012 it was revealed that Harry Osborn will appear in the film. On December 3, 2012 Marc Webb revealed that Dane DeHaan was cast in the role. In February 2013 it was announced that Paul Giamatti will play the Rhino and Chris Cooper will play Norman Osborn.
Upcoming and Future films
In June 2013, Sony Pictures announced it had set release dates for the next two Spider-Man films. The third film was scheduled to be released on June 10, 2016, and the fourth was scheduled to be released on May 4, 2018. Paul Giamatti confirmed that Rhino will return in the third film. That November, Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton told analysts, “We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man. There are a number of scripts in the works." Andrew Garfield stated that his contract is for three films, and is unsure of his involvement for the fourth film.
On December 12, 2013, Sony issued a press release through the viral site, Electro Arrives announcing that two films were in development, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon writing a spin-off focused on Venom (with Kurtzman attached to direct) and Drew Goddard writing one focused on the villain team Sinister Six with an eye to direct. Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the development and production of these films for the studio. In February 2014, Sony announced that Webb would return to direct the third Amazing Spider-Man film. In March 2014, Webb stated that he would not be directing the fourth film, but would like to remain as a consultant for the series. In April 2014, it was announced that Goddard will direct the Sinister Six film as well, and that both spin-offs would release before a fourth Amazing Spider-Man, with Spider-Man potentially appearing in both spin-offs. Later in the month, Tolmach and Arad revealed the Sinister Six film would be a redemption story and that the film's lineup might differ from the comics. On July 11, 2014, Orci told IGN that he's not working on the third film due to the third Star Trek film. Kurtzman revealed in an interview that the third film is still continuing production and there's a possibility of seeing a Black Cat film. On July 23, 2014, Sony Pictures announced that The Sinister Six is scheduled for release on November 11, 2016, while The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was delayed to 2018. By August 2014, Sony was also looking to release a female-centered spin-off film in 2017, with Lisa Joy Nolan writing, and had given the Venom spin-off the potential title of Venom Carnage.
In December 2014, both Sony and Marvel were in discussion about having Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and appearing in Captain America: Civil War while still having control with the film rights. However, those plans fell apart. Instead, Sony is now considering having Sam Raimi back to direct a new trilogy and an animated comedy with Phil Lord and Chris Miller involved. However, Latino Review has reported that the Marvel/Sony deal is still going to happen and want to recast an actor for Spider-Man. In December 14, 2014 according to Screen Gonzo, a meeting between the executives from Sony and Marvel Studios will be held sometime around the beginning of January 2015. Reports also states that Anthony and Joe Russo would handle a new Spider-Man trilogy with a new cast once the new Sony/Marvel deal is done. In spite of this, a casting call was placed in early January 2015 for extras in the third film. The casting call, by Bill Beckham casting, listed Andrew Garfield and Dane DeHaan as the leads. This casting call turned out to be fake. Moreover Felicity Jones at the 20th Critics' Choice Awards, in Clevvver Movies, said that there are “no plans” for her to play Black Cat, but is ready to reprise her role, if the studio wants.However, in January 18, 2015, Sony uploaded a picture on their official facebook account which contained Doc Ock's Tentacles and Vulture's wings. The design resembled the ones seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the text was in Spanish, but the English translation reads 'many plans'. This indicates that Sony might be continuing their already planned Spider-Man films.
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