Scripts get juggled around between writers so often these days that it’s often hard to tell where the original began. Latest to get tinkered with is the sequel to Amazing Spider-Man 2 which is undergoing a re-write at the hands of Transformers/Star Trek scribes Alex Kutrzman and Roberto Orci.
Disney/Sony clearly want a quick turn around on the franchise as Marc Webb’s first film hasn’t even hit cinemas yet (July 4th folks). The first draft of the sequel was written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), Spider-Man veteran Alvin Sargent and Harry Potter‘s Steve Kloves but Kloves is now occupied buffing up Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, so that task has now fallen to Kurtzman and Orci.
Sounds like a mixed blessing to us. While Star Trek was a decent stab at the franchise, lest we forget the odious abominations that were Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen and Cowboys & Aliens. Was Star Trek just a lucky hit?
Producer Matt Tolmach seems happy with the decision, “Alex and Bob have a unique ability to write great character and spectacular action that makes them pitch perfect for Spider-Man. They’ve been friends of ours for a long time and they have an exciting take on the franchise — we’re thrilled to have them join the Spider-Man family.”
We’ll see the results of their labours – for good or for ill – on May 2nd 2014.