Columbia hires James Vanderbilt to write AMAZING SPIDER-MAN sequel
With THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN not even in the can yet and not as much as a teaser even released to gauge public opinion, Columbia is already getting started on the sequel to Marc Webb's rebooted franchise. THR's Heat Vision is reporting that Columbia has struck up a deal with AMAZING screenwriter James Vanderbilt to continue what he started with the first film with plans to begin writing the sequel immediately.
This is: A) potentially a good sign that the studio has loved what they've seen thus far and want to get a head start on the next film B) a definite sign of the times and the current state of the assembly line that is the modern day film industry.
You may recall that Vanderbilt (ZODIAC) was the first writer to work on the script for SPIDER-MAN 4, when the franchise appeared to be continuing on as it had for years with Tobey Maguire as the titular friendly, neighborhood wall crawler and Sam Raimi at the helm. Well, we all know how that story turned out. Raimi was out and Webb was in with Andrew Garfield as Spidey, along with Vanderbilt back on as the screenwriter due to his "his character-driven approach to the story." Originally, Columbia had him write an outline for three films and it seems that they are now picking up their original plan to use the same writer throughout what will likely become a new trilogy.