Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are coming on board to work on the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
, Sony Pictures announced today. They will also receive Executive Producer credits.
The first draft for May 2, 2014 release was written by James Vanderbilt. Production is tentatively scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2013 on the next "Spider-Man" film.
Producer Matt Tolmach said: "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.”
Producer Avi Arad added: "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."
Kurtzman and Orci said: "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."
The first film, The Amazing Spider-Man
, opens in theaters this summer on July 3.
Together for over eighteen years, creative collaborators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have established themselves as one of the leading writing/producing teams working in film and television.
This June, the duo will release People Like Us
for Disney, which will mark the directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman. The film, starring Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine, is written by Kurtzman & Orci and Jody Lambert. They are also in production on Ender's Game
and Now You See Me
, both of which will be released by Summit in 2013. They are also producing and scripting a second installment of Star Trek
with Damon Lindelof and All You Need is Kill
, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Doug Liman. Erwin Stoff serves as producer of the film which is set up at Warner Bros.
In 2011, Kurtzman & Orci released the comic book adaptation of Cowboys & Aliens
, which they wrote with scribe Damon Lindelof as well as produced. That same year, they signed a three-year overall television deal with 20th Century Fox. This latest TV development season the duo have set up pilots at the FOX, CBS, and ABC Networks, adding to their ever-growing television slate, a list that includes CBS's "Hawaii Five-O," Fox's "Fringe," and The Hub's "Transformers: Prime."
Kurtzman and Orci's writing credits include Star Trek
, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
, Eagle Eye
and Mission: Impossible III
. They also executive-produced the romantic comedy hit, The Proposal
Kurtzman and Orci began their career writing for the popular television series "Hercules" and "Xena: Warrior Princess," where they quickly became head writers at the age of 23. Next, they wrote for J.J. Abrams' "Alias," and eventually served as executive producers on the show.