Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Two More Movies In THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Franchise Confirmed For 2016 And 2018


CULVER CITY, Calif., June 17, 2013 – With Sony Pictures Entertainment now in production in New York on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, slated for release on May 2, 2014, the studio is planting its flag on two future release dates for one of the most successful franchises in studio history, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. The next two films in the story of Peter Parker will be released on June 10, 2016, and on May 4, 2018, respectively.

Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. The executive producers are E. Bennett Walsh, Stan Lee, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci.

The Amazing Spider-Man took in over $750 million at the worldwide box office last year.

Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson NOT Appearing In THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

While focusing on their cover story "Divergent", Entertainment Weekly reports in their latest print-edition that the storyline for Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson is now being saved for the third installment of Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise. Said Woodely, "Of course I'm bummed. But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason...Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film." This news, ironically, comes on the heels of rumors that actress Felicity Jones is playing another Spider-Man love interest, Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat.

Initial remarks from Marc Webb explicitly stated that Mary Jane would only have a brief appearance in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" as a set-up for a bigger role moving forward. Webb's statement was backed up by the relative short amount of time Woodley spent filming the sequel. Well apparently, that brief appearance is now being saved for the third installment of "The Amazing Spider-Man" which was just recently revealed to have secured a June 10, 2016 release date. No word on whether the footage that Woodley has already filmed will be used in the third installment or scrapped all together. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" will be released in the US on May 2, 2014.

From Marc Webb [via Deadline] - "“I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship. Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her."

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