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A Writer Has Been Hired To Sequelize The Not-Yet-Released AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!!

Merrick here...

James Vanderbilt was writing SPIDER-MAN 4 for Sam Raimi before that project went belly-up. 

Vanderbilt transitioned into Marc Webb's reboot of the franchise, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, becoming a primary scripter on the new movie, which isn't due in theaters until next Summer.  

Even thought its release is over a year away, Sony is already laying the groundwork for another installment of the Webb-verse Spidey, by putting Vanderbilt to work on a sequel screenplay.  

Prior to being ensnared by Spider-Man’s web, Vanderbilt, repped by WME and UFUSE Management, wrote Zodiac, David Fincher’s serial killer tale starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.  He recently worked on a polish of Columbia’s remake of Total Recall, which is slated to shoot later this year.

...reports THR, which offers a few more details on the matter HERE.

I wonder if TURN OFF THE DARK will have officially opened by the time AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, or whatever it'll be called, hits screens?  

THR's pic of Vanberbilt makes him look like Tim Curry.  


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  • March 25, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Who Cares.

    by Crow3711

    let's see if this first one is worth the time. I really don't need another origin story, but I like garfield, so I'm pretty lukewarm on all this spiderman crap about now.

  • March 25, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Talk about jumping the gun!

    by darthderp

    If the first one tanks, Sony's gonna have to eat a lot of shite, me thinks.

  • March 25, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    He Did Write Zodiac Though

    by Crow3711

    So maybe I'm a little more interested. If he can make spiderman as interesting and intelligent as that movie...I am fucking in. Then again, Fincher was behind the camera and not...Marc Webb.

  • March 25, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST


    by JediWuddayaknow

    How about finishing one meal before moving onto the next?

  • March 25, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    xen11: I am relieved to find out I am not the only

    by ClayMatthews

    xen11: I am relieved to find out I am not the only one harboring that theory that the rednecks are the ones keeping us from a yearly Spider-Man tent pole.

  • March 25, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Fuck Sony! Give me Spider-Man 4!!!

    by bat725

  • March 25, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Just lay off the angst Spider-Ham

    by tomdolan04

    As much as I'm glad Spiderman 4, which had a series descending to a point where Maguire would have envitably spent 2hours crying, making completely stupid irrational decisions with MJ to drive the plot and gurning over the decision to keep being Spidey, got canned (though I did enjoy 2) I'm not crazy they're going the origin route. <p> I don't believe even stupid joe public aren't aware he got bit, turned to lycra and fought crime. We get it.

  • March 25, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    Who's writing the the reboot after next?

    by Spandau Belly

    And is Darren Aronofsky attached to direct?

  • March 25, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Oh, fuck "Zodiac." I'm sick of hearing about it.

    by gruntybear

    Seriously. It was mediocre at best. You people continue to score zero nerd points by constantly bringing it up in relation to FUCKING everything. Okay?

  • March 25, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Fuck Raimi. Fuck Maguire. Fuck Snaggletooth

    by elsewhere

    So glad they rebooted. Bring it on!

  • March 25, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    It would be great if no one saw this.

    by Boiiinng

    Really, who is?

  • March 25, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I'll Never Understand Why Some of you want Raimi back

    by Crusher Creel

    "Bring back Spider-Man 4" .. "F the reboot!" What are you a holes nuts???? It was mass appeall cheese Spider-Man, all about a girl Peter Parker has no personality! Thank GAWD they rebooted

  • March 25, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    With Eddie Izzard as the Lizard.

    by cookylamoo

  • March 25, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Howell confirms Lizard as villain in SM4

    by Blanket-Man

    I guess this has kinda been assumed for awhile, with Rhys Ifans playing Connors, but C. Thomas Howell confirmed that Spidey will be battling the Lizard in ASM.

  • March 25, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST


    by ass clown


  • March 25, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    A bit of the cart before the horse action I'm afraid...

    by vorlonkosh

    The buzz right now isn't positive, but I'll reserve judgment until I see it. (Unless the reviews are mostly bad, then I won't waste my time)

  • March 25, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Raimi Spiderman or GTFO!

    by kidicarus

    How quickly you ingrates forget how universally praised 1 and 2 were. 3, though bloated, is not 'completely' horrible, just a major misstep that reeks of studio string pulling. Outside of Nolan's Batman, there have yet to be a more satisfying superhero franchise.

  • March 25, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Writing a sequel early is a GOOD idea

    by Ferd Philbie

    Contrary to what I see in comments all the time, writing a sequel for a movie before the first one comes out is not "jumping the gun." It's a sound investment. In the big picture, paying for a screenplay is relatively cheap. So if the first movie is a hit, the studio can hit the ground running on a sequel with a finished script. If the first movie tanks, it's no big deal. They just discard the script. Otherwise, you get studios scrambling to put a sequel script together to make some arbitrary release date -- and we all know how THAT turns out.

  • March 25, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Spider-Man isn't universally praised

    by elsewhere

    Not the first or third ones at least. The second is I guess to a degree. Personally I find the whole trilogy fucking corny. Need some new blood.

  • March 25, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Still this makes sense....

    by bubcus

    Having someone hired to write a sequel in advance is a good gamble. If the film is a success, they have a script ready to go for number two and can start production right away. If it bombs, the studio could be out half a million or so dollars in payment to the writer... small potatoes for Hollywood. No big issue. As I recall (and my information is decades old), screenplays often sold for $50,000-$500,000 or even upwards to $1,000,000 depending on the writer and the project. As to the material, I cared very little for Sam Raimi's Spider-Man series. I didn't mind it, but I didn't care about it. I moderately enjoyed the first one, left the second one thinking "meh," and I didn't even see the third one out of sheer apathy. We'll see what happens with this reboot.

  • March 25, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I hope they hire Julie Taymor to play a villain in ASM:2

    by WriteForTheEdit

    She's done her best to kill Spider-Man already...

  • March 25, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    the director's last name is Webb

    by rben

    funny world.

  • March 25, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    wait...a new espidermAn is coming out??

    by mattforce7

    when the F*** is it GOING TO HAPPEN...TELL ME... Apparently...they are all pulling your leg. yesYES you

  • March 25, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Julie can be "The Great White Witch."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    And her costume should be spectacular. And she can shout things like, "Hey, Spider-Man! BREAK A LEG!" Or, "It's CURTAINS for you, Spider-Man!"

  • "It's time to TURN OFF THE DARK!"

  • March 25, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    God Sony is desperate to keep Spiderman in house . . .

    by Nick

    because if Marvel got it's hands on it and the FF, it's game over. Civil War and Secret Invasion movies would be epic if done by one house CORRECTLY.

  • March 25, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    amazing spiderman 2: the rise of the silver slipperess!©

    by vulturess

    where do i get paid?

  • March 25, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    My favorite part

    by thalvar

    of this article is the comment on how Vanderbilt's pic makes him look like Tim Curry

  • March 25, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    End-credits theme song composed and sung by Bono, of course.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I'm telling you, a weird meta Spidey film that's all about the Broadway debacle would be fuckloads of awesome. To me, anyway.

  • March 25, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    they're going to eternally reboot spider-man

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    every decade they'll get new young actors and do the origin story and a few sequels.

  • March 25, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    christopher_chance I agree

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    The second that I saw that I thought that Sony is just doing this so that they can keep Spiderman in their control

  • March 25, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Unrelated question about the corner animation

    by darthderp

    Can't quite place it; the sillouette with the spinning head...for some reason I keep thinking a Hitchcock/Vertigo hybrid but I'm probably way off. Anyone have any ideas?

  • March 25, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by flclhack

    Why aren't YOU writing in Hollywood?

  • March 25, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Early Scripts.

    by Munro Kelly

    It makes sense, from a business point of view. I don't understand why more franchise films don't do it. The next Indiana Jones film should have been written years ago. Harrison Ford is only getting older.

  • March 25, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    flclhack: that's what I'M saying...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...with ideas as shitty as mine, I should be a fucking multi-millionaire by now...

  • March 25, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Spiberian Man

    by 2soon2eat

    Spiderman should have a fucking sword, a totally fucking rock out with it conan style.

  • March 25, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    The guy from Dawson's Creek?!!!!!

    by Youguysgotanymilk

    Ah man. Now I know this movie is going to suck.

  • March 25, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by CT1

    face fucking of stunt men

  • March 25, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    I hear the title is going to be...

    by kubricksnutsack

    The Spectacular Spiderfuck You read it here first.

  • March 25, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Spider Bite

    by 2soon2eat

    Spiderman needs some fucking fangs and his spider bite turns his enemies into fucking cheeseburgers. Sweet fangs of justice!

  • March 25, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    The Avengers

    by Smitty

    If they are going to have spider man make a camo in the avengers movie, it does need to be rebooted. Otherwise leave it alone. They could have better movies though and I personally am not convinced that Disney is going to do all to hot on the marvel movies either. I'm nervous.

  • March 25, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Izzard as the Lizzard

    by Smitty

    Sounds catchy :D

  • March 25, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    The REAL question is...

    by catlettuce4

    Who will they hire to redesign the awful Spidey suit for the sequel after everyone HATES and LAUGHS AT the one in the upcoming reboot?

  • March 25, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Looks much more like Howie Mandel to me

    by Jaster

    I hope the new movie is good, despite racing stripes on his jammies, a Tron grid on his suit and silver booties.

  • March 25, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    MY version of the next several Spider-Man films...

    by Jaster

    1) A montage origin with the new actors doing key moments. Peter getting shoved into a locker, getting bit by a spider, pulling on the mask, uncle Ben dying etc. of course this will confuse the fuck out of people because they will wonder if it's a sequel, but fuck 'em. I don't want to sit through another origin. 2) The Lizard. Fucking PERIOD. This should be a borderline horro movie. Thematically Peter is dealing with his split identity just like the Lizard is. Peter bonds with Gwen Stacy and he's sure she's the one. It ends with Doc Conners completely taken over by the Lizard and in a somewhat empathetic Creature of the Black Lagoon moment (the second film, or check out Splash for roughly the same idea) he is captured to spend his life studied by other scientists. 3) In this film Peter lives the horror of Doc Connors. He becomes the spider as he morphs into Man-Spider. This movie is dark and freaky as fuck. Think Cronenberg's The Fly. More coloful and not as heavy, but same idea. The villain is Rhino and Speder-Man learns to accept his spider side and unleash the powers within him to defeat Rhino. By the end he relies on Gwen, but he is realizing a normal relationship isn't going to work for him. A deep emotional investment is more than Spider-Man can deal with because the city needs him clear-headed and able to rush to it's defense at a moments notice. 4) Green Goblin. Gobby fucks with Spidey's sense control by undermining him at every turn. Goblin is an instigator from teh shadows and tries to avoid fighting out in the open. He sets traps for Spider-Man and sets him up to look foolish and out of control. In this film Peter learns to see the bigger picture and that being flashy can work against you. Getting the job done is what counts. We already know how this film ends. Goblin and Gwen. We can't use the bridge for obvious reasons, but Gwen dies and it takes all of Peter's control to keep from killing Goblin. By the end Peter has learned sacrifice. He has felt deep, troubling pain and yet he comes out of it a hero. 5) Electro. Peter is now a full-time reporter for the Bugle. He is a much more mature and thoughtful person than he used to be, but the scar of Gwen's death has made him a bit morose. NOT EMO, just a bit withdrawn. This changes when the neice of a friend of Aunt May's comes to the door. Peter can now see that if he wants something bad enough, he can get it. He is determined to balance his life. The film ends with Peter on one knee asking for MJ to marry him. 6) Peter and MJ are married. They have an adventurous life together and are deeply in love. MJ also has a secret she doesn't want to reveal to Peter. She has ovarian cancer. She cannot have children and she may die. Because she feels she has to lie to him about her doctor appointments, Peter is fearing that she is cheating and his paranoia that she married the spider and not Peter is causing him to resent her. Little does he know that he recently picked up a microbe in the jungles of south america that is slowly turning him into Venom. Kraven the Hunter has followed him from this jungle and the idea of who has the right to chase and capture anyone comes up. This ties in with the theme of marriage and by the end of the film it looks like Peter and MJ might not make it as a couple. 7) VENOM! Peter seperates himself from the parasite and it attaches itself to Eddie Brock, forming the symbiote Venom. Now Peter must confront the darkness within himself, both on the streets with Venom and in his relationship with MJ. Peter finds out about MJs cancer. He is devastated and this affects his ability to fight Venom. Just when it looks like Venom might kill Spider-Man, MJ sacrifices herself to save him, destroying Venom in the process. Peter now understands that justice requires sacrifice and it is a very bitter pill to swallow. Ok so MY version of the Spider-Man films are fairly dark and serious, which is why I'm not in charge of Spider-Man films. But what do you guys think? Do those sound like storylines you'd like to see?

  • March 25, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by mattforce7


  • March 25, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    spider blast

    by 2soon2eat

    In addition to fangs and a huge fucking sword, spiderman should be paking a fucking gun. A fucking LASER gun!

  • March 25, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    writing the script now makes sense.........

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    why the hell not? Just having a script ready to go for a potential future project is always a good thing. The reboot wont tanks because idiots will likely check it out no matter what. In any case, they'll be ready to shoot even faster than usual. Plus since they are already writing that gives a nice amount of time to really come up with something solid.

  • March 25, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

    the bastards couldnt wait to spend first the money from the remake and then make the sequel.

  • March 25, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST

    couldnt even wait

    by KilliK

  • March 25, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    fat_rancor_keeper thats correct.Hollywood is producing nowadays

    by KilliK

    in the rhythm's of an assembly line in a car factory: the faster you have the parts of the car ready,the faster you can assemble it , the faster you can sell it thus the faster you can profit. Hollywood is on fast road down to its self-decline.

  • March 25, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Let's be honest, it's fucking Spider-man... no way it'll bomb.


    From day one the studio were aiming for a whole new franchise not just one movie.

  • March 26, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    He looks more like Howie Mandel...

    by Crimson King

    ...with hair.

  • March 26, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    spiderman 4 & spiderman reboot

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    someone earlier mentioned making both. I never thought of that but its actually an interesting idea. if the only reason not to do it is that idiots will be all confused and doing such a thing would break their brains then i don't see the problem. Idiots are confused by anything anyway.

  • March 26, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    The musical emo dance numbers better be absent.

    by V'Shael

    That's all I'm saying. Would be nice to see Gwen Stacy and technology web shooters too, for example.

  • March 26, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    They must be joking. Surely, they aren't serious.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Just follow this sad, sad link: There should not be any spaces. Or ridiculous ideas for character design concerning Dr. Connors. ... but there is...

  • March 27, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    l.h.puttgrass - the lizard pic is gone already

    by Amazing Maurice

    Was this legit? Anyone else have it?

  • Should be some better genocidal gore in the latest version, at least we can only hope. I KEED, I KEED!!!

  • March 27, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    kevin_costners_recycled_piss, of course it won't bomb.

    by IronEagle74

    Hollywood has proven quite successfully in recent years that if you have a transparent plot, place a few bad actords as human stand-ins in frotn of the camera, and throw in tons of unrealistic-looking CGI topped off with 3D, then it's going to be box office GOLD. Why? Because Americans are a bunch of fucking retards.