Sony has released a new featurette for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The featurette shines the spotlight on the relationship between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), which was easily one of the best parts of the first movie. If this featurette is any indication, it will also be one of the best aspects of the sequel as the two actors continue to have terrific chemistry, and there’s still a commitment to making Gwen more than a one-dimensional love-interest/damsel-in-distress.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film also stars Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, B.J. Novak, and Paul Giamatti. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd.
In a bit of a bidding battle, 20th Century Fox has acquired the Soviet spy thriller Cold Comfort for Marc Webb to direct. Deadline reports that plenty of other studios and directors were in the mix given that the material lends itself to a strong comedic performance for a lead actor in the vein of Jonah Hill, and Fox will develop the property as a directing vehicle for Webb, who will also produce. The pic is an adaptation of the upcoming novel Cold Comfort (aka How to Catch a Russian Spy) by columnist Ellis Henican and follows an American civilian who convinced the FBI to allow him to help bring down a Russian agent on American soil. Hit the jump for more on when Webb might be able to tackle the material.
Sony Pictures is making big plans for its Spider-Man franchise and beyond. When the studio announced plans to move forward with a Venom spinoff and a Sinister Six film in addition to further adventures in the proper Spider-Man series, it became clear that the studio was keen on building its own mini-universe not unlike Marvel’s interconnected franchises. Now it appears that the plan involves releasing a new Spider-Man film every year for the foreseeable future. That begins with 2016’s The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio has now confirmed that Marc Webb will indeed be returning to direct. Hit the jump for more.
Sony announced some big plans for its Spider-Man universe by way of Venom and Sinister Six films late last night, but first on the docket is director Marc Webb’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. A new international trailer has gone online, and it plays up the more comedic aspects of the film instead of focusing on the multitude of villains like the first domestic trailer. The strongest aspect of Webb’s 2012 reboot was the smaller character moments, and I hope that’s explored further in this follow-up.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak, and Chris Cooper. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2, 2014.
A few weeks ago, Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal hinted at expanding the Spider-Man universe, and I’ve been saying for months that the company’s superhero strategy rests on supervillains since they only have one superhero, Spider-Man (creating a superhero from scratch is apparently verboten). Their only option is to dig into Spidey’s vast rogues gallery, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do. Last night, Sony outlined how they plan to compete with Disney/Marvel, Warner Bros/DC Comics, and 20th Century Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four).
Hit the jump for more details on the studio’s plan.
If you’re a Spider-Man fan, Sony Pictures is about to make your day. That’s because the studio sent out a late night press release loaded with future plans for the Spider-Man movie universe. Here are the highlights:
- Sony, in association with Marvel, are developing several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. The five writers, along with the two producers and Marc Webb, have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films.
- Kurtzman, Orci, and Pinkner are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Webb will return to direct; the film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016.
- Kurtzman, Orci and Solomon are writing the screenplay for a Venom movie, which Kurtzman will direct.
- Drew Goddard will write, with an eye to direct, The Sinister Six, focusing on the villains in the franchise.
With the comic book genre making more money than ever at the box office, it’s no surprise Sony is pushing forward with more sequels and spinoffs. We’ll have a lot more on this tomorrow, but until then, hit the jump for the press release.
[Update: For more on this story, click here for Matt's take on how Sony plans to compete with Disney/Marvel, Warner Bros/DC Comics, and 20th Century Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four)]
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Marc Webb’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The clip emphasizes the burden on Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), as he explains in voiceover: “The more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make. And it’s just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I can overcome.” (See: Sinister Six.) There’s just a bit of footage of Jamie Foxx as the new villain Electro, but the trailer closes with a cool chase/battle that promises a nice match between our agile hero and the seemingly teleportable villain.
Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field also star. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014. Watch the trailer after the jump, click here to check out the screengrabs, click here to check out more images and to preview the score, and click here to find out whether the post-credits sequence has already been spoiled.
When Steve recently sat down with composer Hans Zimmer for an extended interview in his home recording studio, Zimmer revealed that he was already working on the music for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, taking over composing duties after James Horner scored the first film. He described the follow-up as being “driven by charm, love, and sparkling dialogue,” and noted that he was in a serious experimentation phase with regards to the music, trying to find a different way to approach the material:
“I’ve done a lot of action, I’ve done a lot of buildings falling down basically and things exploding, so I’m sort of trying to figure out, ‘Is there a slightly different way of doing it?’ And I’m not sure yet, but I’m certainly working on it.”
Well it appears that Zimmer’s plans for the film involve forming a supergroup, as Sony announced today that Zimmer and director Marc Webb are collaborating with Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Michael Einzinger (Incubus), and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) on the music for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.
That Marc Webb is a clever one. The filmmaker made good use of his Twitter during the lengthy shoot of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, sharing images from the set frequently in order to give fans a peek inside the production. Now Webb has taken to Twitter to deliver a message about when we’ll see the first trailer for the Spidey sequel, and it’s in Elvish. The English translation of Webb’s note reads “Watch for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer in front of The Hobbit in 3D.” So there you have it folks, a trailer for Webb’s sequel will play before showings of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Hit the jump for more.
Sony is once again getting a jump on its next Spider-Man sequel, as the studio has tapped a trio of scribes to start penning the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Alex Kurtzmn, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner are credited with the screenplay for next May’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Sony has now hired the trio to begin work on The Amazing Spider-Man 3. The studio clearly has big plans for the rebooted Spidey franchise, as it recently set release dates for both Spidey 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 for June 2016 and May 2018, respectively. Hit the jump for more, including the likelihood of director Marc Webb returning for the third installment.
Shortly before hitting the stage at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb. He talked about promoting the film while not revealing the big secrets, why Mary Jane Watson was moved to the third film, whether they will recast Shailene Woodley, how they came up with the architecture for three Spider-Man films when they were planning the first one, his uncertainly about the story for The Amazing Spider-Man 4 except that “there’s a lot of ancillary characters that have a lot of cinematic potential that could exist in their own right,” and much more. He went on to talk about Easter Eggs, the editing process, deleted scenes, what will be on the eventual Blu-ray, the challenges faced with getting Spider-Man, The Avengers, and Wolverine in the same movie, and when I asked if he has already signed on to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Webb said:
“I’m incredibly excited about the possibility of a third movie. I had a blast making this and working with Andrew and Emma has been one of the great delights of my career, and Sally and Jamie and Dane and Chris. It’s really, really fun and it’d be hard to resist not doing it again.”
Hit the jump to watch the interview with a full time index.
As Spider-Man swings into Comic-Con this weekend for a presentation in Hall H, we had a chance to talk to stars Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan and director Marc Webb about The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster which rebooted the series. The film chronicles the continuing adventures of Peter Parker (Garfield) aka Spider-Man and introduces Electro (Foxx) as a formidable new opponent.
During the interview, they talked to the press about what inspired the incarnation of Electro, what it’s like bringing to life an iconic villain, what their experiences on the first film allowed them to bring to the sequel, how the relationship between Peter and Spider-Man has evolved, and why Spider-Man has always been a hero for the underdog regardless of race or sexual orientation. Webb also discussed the challenge of directing a film with this hugeness of scale, what he learned from Alfonso Cuarón about surrendering to the material, and why he’s reluctant to reveal too much about the future direction of the franchise. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
We had to wait until Friday evening to see a major superhero panel in Hall H at Comic-Con, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicked things off with a bang. During the film’s panel, we were treated to an extended look at footage from the sequel along with a rather elaborate entrance from Spidey himself, Andrew Garfield. Along with Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, director Marc Webb, and producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad, Garfiield discussed facing off against Electro, the villain’s transformation, juggling the multiple characters in the ensemble, Garfield’s comments about a possibly bisexual Spider-Man, the prospect of joining The Avengers, and much more.
Hit the jump to read my full recap from the Comic-Con panel for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
“The Visionaries” panel with Alfonso Cuaron, Marc Webb, and Edgar Wright was one of my must-see events of Comic-Con, and it didn’t disappoint. They’re all exciting filmmakers who have distinct personalities that make you feel like you’re watching a personal vision rather than just a generic product. Cuaron’s Gravity and Wright’s The World’s End look incredible, and judging on the glut of images we’ve seen from Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the sequel could be a vast improvement over the first film. The directors are also great public speakers who can provide funny, thoughtful answers to the questions they were asked, and then build off each other’s comments.
During the hour-long panel, they covered a wide array of topics, particularly a lengthy discussion on long takes, which led into their thoughts on spontaneity and playing to savvy audiences that can appreciate the technical craft of their work, but also how the difficulty of long takes benefits everyone on the cast and crew as well. They also gave their thoughts on 3D, mentorship, briefly touched on what they have coming up or what they’d like to do next (Cuaron wants to make a horror film), and much more. Hit the jump for a recap.
Comic-Con has released their schedule for Wednesday’s preview night and for Thursday, July 18th. For those who haven’t attended Comic-Con before, “Preview Night” is when the Exhibitor’s Floor is opened, and collectors fight tooth and nail for exclusives. Studios also screen pilots for TV shows that are set to premiere in the fall. Then on Thursday, we have one of the strangest Hall H line-ups I’ve ever seen. It begins with a line-up of animated shorts followed by the sci-fi indie Europa Report, and I have no problem with that, but Hall H is usually reserved for stuff that will pack the house. Granted, that will come later in the day, especially with what’s sure to be an amazing panel: Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries, which will be an hour-long conversation between Edgar Wright, Marc Webb, and Alfonso Cuaron. As for Ballroom 20, the powerhouse of the day is Sherlock, although I would have switched that with Dexter, which is finishing out the day in Hall H.
Hit the jump to check out everything from Hall H, Ballroom 20, and other highlights from the Comic-Con 2013 schedule for Wednesday, July 17th and Thursday, July 18th.