Even before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 even opened in theaters, Sony enlisted writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner to write the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
Since then longtime collaborators Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were, at least professionally, going separate ways. The writers and producers each opted to turn their future efforts towards going it alone on different franchise projects that they were both previously attached to. Orci going to focus on the Star Trek series while Kurtzman was putting his efforts into the Amazing Spider-Man spin-off film Venom.
Now, speaking with IGN, Orci revealed that not only is he no longer officially involved in scripting The Amazing Spider-Man 3 but he’s also unaware of Sony’s plans for the future of the franchise:
“I don’t know what their plans are for that franchise. I don’t ever want to say never, but we have to figure out what their scheduling is in terms of when they want each movie. I’ve read probably as much as anyone else. There’s a love for the Sinister Six, the idea of Venom — there’s an idea of Spider-Man’s going to be one of these characters that’s part of our business. He’s such a popular character. Spider-Man’s not going to go away any time soon. When it all happens and how and all that has yet to be determined.”
When asked specifically about The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Orci said that he was:
“Not officially involved in it. I don’t want to say anything about what they should do. I don’t want them to think I’m spilling the beans about something.”
So not officially involved, but never say never huh?
At first The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was set for June 10th, 2016, and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 for May 4th, 2018. However, the fourth entry was never actually confirmed to be The Amazing Spider-Man 4. With directors on-board for both The Sinister Six and Venom, it’s likely to be one of those films. Then last month the rumor was The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was being pushed back to 2017. It seems the franchise may be in a state of uncertainty.
Though it scored $700 million at the global box-office, poor reviews and the disappointing domestic totals for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 probably have the studio rethinking their strategy for the franchise’s future.