Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to rewrite The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Sony Pictures has announced that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) have been hired to work on the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. A first draft of the script was written by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, Zodiac) and production is tentatively scheduled to begin early next year.

Kurtzman and Orci said in a statement: “We grew up as huge Spider-Man fans, so, to us, the opportunity to work on this film is akin to being handed the Holy Grail. We love the direction Sony and the filmmakers are taking the Peter Parker / Spider-Man mythology and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this legendary franchise.”

Producer Avi Arad said: “It’s a thrill to have Alex and Bob put their stamp on this franchise that we all love so well. They have an innate understanding of what makes Peter Parker not just a superhero, but a hero for all of us.”

The first film in the rebooted franchise stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field and Denis Leary. It is released in the UK on July 4th, while the sequel is currently expected to open in May 2014.

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