Executives at Columbia Pictures think they have a winner with their new web-spinner.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” doesn’t reach theaters until July 3, 2012, but the studio has already locked in a May 2, 2014, release date for a sequel.
A Columbia Pictures spokesman said the scheduling move “speaks volumes” about the superhero relaunch with director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield, who are coming off of a winning appearance at Comic-Con International.
There was considerable fan skepticism early on about the choice of Webb, who has directed only one feature film — the 2009 romantic comedy ”(500) Days of Summer” – and arrived on this project in the long shadow of Sam Raimi, whose three “Spider-Man” films earned close to $3.5 billion in worldwide box office and keyed billions more in home video, toys, licensing and video games.
“The Amazing Spider-Man,” now in post-production, takes the Marvel Comics icon back to his high school years and makes him more of an outsider soul than the Peter Parker played by Toby Maguire. The film also stars Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Sally Field.
– Geoff Boucher
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