Okay so here we go, the second film in the new trilogy of Spider-Man is a go. Production has recently just started and now we have the official announcement from Columbia Pictures via superherohype:
“Columbia Pictures has officially announced the start of production for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and with it comes the full cast and synopsis for the May 2, 2014 release. Here’s the announcement:
Columbia Pictures announced today that filming has begun on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2 in New York. The film is the first in the history of the franchise that will be filmed entirely in New York City and New York State.
The sequel to last year’s critical and box office hit The Amazing Spider-Man, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field.
In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.
The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers.
The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Dan Mindel, production designer Mark Friedberg, editors Pietro Scalia and Elliot Graham, and costume designer Deborah L. Scott.
The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014.“
Well as I’ve said before, I wasn’t overly fond of The Amazing Spider-Man but it has set up potential for an interesting and much better sequel. The first film had a nice few ideas, but it was bound to the Peter Parker origin story which prevented it from being more, plus there wasn’t fully realized ides like this “untold story” that the filmmakers kept going on about or the search for Uncle Ben’s killer or secret about his parents. But in this sequel there is room for this film to be anything it wants and that is something that intrigues and scares me, it makes me intrigued because there are a lot of great source material to draw from, but it also scares me due to the these funky changes they made to the Spider-Man origin story and it makes me wonder how many random changes they’ll throw in.
As for the talent involved, all of the actors/actresses involved are people I liked and respect (besides Shailene Woodley, don’t nothing about her but she is pretty though) and I am interested to see where they take these characters especially when it comes to Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan and Jamie Foxx. While I’m not too keen on there being more than one villain in the film (looking back at Spider-Man 3), if these writers can make them relevant and work on-screen without making the story feel cluttered then they may have a chance to succeed. I have hope for this sequel; I just pray that it’s something that’ll make me want to blow up in excitement in Spider-Man 2.