Roberto Orci “Not Officially Involved” in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3; Franchise Timeline in Limbo

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When your movie brings in over $700 million worldwide, you’d think you’re in pretty great shape, right?  Well, not when the movie is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and it ranks as the lowest box office in the franchise’s five films to date.  In the movie-making world of big studio productions, that means changes are a comin’.  One of the early casualties might just be screenwriter/producer Roberto Orci, who penned the Spidey sequel with former writing partner Alex Kurtzman.  While the duo went their separate ways to work on their own projects, Orci was supposedly part of Sony’s brain trust that would tackle not only The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but also franchise spin-offs Venom and The Sinister Six.  Now, the state of those future films also appears to be in disarray.  Hit the jump for more.

roberto-orci-the-amazing-spider-man-3A new report from IGN has Orci himself confirming that he’s not involved with Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 3.  Kurtzman, however, will remain at the studio to write and direct the Venom spin-off, while Orci is kept busy with his own writing/directing duties for Paramount/Skydance’s Star Trek 3.  That’s about all that’s set in stone as the rest of the Spider-Man franchise calendar is up in the air.  Here’s how Orci responded to a question about the studio’s scheduling plans:

“I don’t know what their plans are for that franchise.  I don’t ever want to say never, but we have to figure out what their scheduling is in terms of when they want each movie. I’ve read probably as much as anyone else. There’s a love for the Sinister Six, the idea of Venom — there’s an idea of Spider-Man’s going to be one of these characters that’s part of our business. He’s such a popular character. Spider-Man’s not going to go away any time soon. When it all happens and how and all that has yet to be determined.”

So although Marc Webb is still confirmed to be directing The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and Drew Goddard will head up The Sinister Six, we’re not quite sure in what order we’ll get the next three films.  Perhaps the plans to release a new film every year were a bit premature; even TASM3 might not make it’s planned 2016 release date.  Whatever the order of release, Orci himself said of the film that he’s “not officially involved in it. I don’t want to say anything about what they should do, I don’t want them to think I’m spilling the beans about something.”

Perhaps Sony is rethinking their world-building plans in response to TASM2′s sub-par performance?  Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • ThisGuy01

    Maybe they’ll surprise us all & try to make a good movie next time out.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Let’s hope they come up with something better

    • Manuel Orozco

      Let’s hope they come up with something better

    • varagor

      Maybe they’ll surprise us all & try to make a movie next time out.

      Fixed that for you.

      • Manuel Orozco

        We’ll a better movie is better than nothing

    • Pk

      They can surprise us by hiring a director who is capable of directing a sensible comic book movie.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Maybe

  • Jack le Critic

    I wouldn’t rule out….a reboot :)

    • Manuel Orozco

      I would unless it’s something interesting

  • DougW

    The worst news re Spider-Man 3 – no Emma Stone. The best thing about 1 & 2 is her chemistry with Andrew.

    • Strong Enough

      i cringed whenever they were on screen

    • Davis

      The chemistry wasn’t even that great, it was alright but people needed something good to say about the movie.

    • sdfd

      The best thing about 1 and 2 is Andrew Garfield, period. The guy is the definitive Spiderman in my eyes.

    • cruzzercruz

      My theory is that if you cut out every single scene with Electro, the shoehorned bullshit building up future villains, and just have Harry becoming the Goblin, with the bulk of the movie essentially being a love story with a tiny bit of action, it’d be a decent Spider-man movie.

  • Guy Smiley

    Sony appears to be getting smarter, while Paramount hands Hollywood’s biggest jackass not named Mel Gibson the keys to their biggest franchise.

    • varagor

      Star Trek is hardly Paramount’s biggest franchise, but you have a point.

    • varagor

      Star Trek is hardly Paramount’s biggest franchise, but you have a point.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        That could just as easily be Michael Bay and the Transformers.

      • varagor

        Probably not, because Bay’s movies make a lot of money. Orci’s recent track record is much worse.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Exactly – Bay’s movies make money, and Bay’s movies are the Transformers franchise, so doesn’t that make Paramount’s biggest franchise (at the moment) Transformers? In which case, Paramount handed the key to (one of) their (if not the) biggest franchises to one of if not the biggest of Hollywood’s jackasses.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        That could just as easily be Michael Bay and the Transformers.

    • Batt Damon

      Don’t you mean Warner Brothers?

  • appolox

    This is what happens when you plan to far ahead. They took far too big a risk too early. They should have waited to see how The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fared before giving the greenlight to all those sequels and spin-offs.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Hell yeah that’s what they should have done

  • Manuel Orozco

    Goddamn it who knows where we’ll go now if I were Sony I’d just think carefully what I would do next because I rather see Spider man 3 in 2016 or 2017 or whenever the hell they’ll release it before I get excited about anything else

  • jocab_w

    It’d be good for Sony to take some time to rethink their plans for Spider-Man. The franchise has become formulaic. People aren’t as interested as they were a decade ago.

  • jocab_w

    It’d be good for Sony to take some time to rethink their plans for Spider-Man. The franchise has become formulaic. People aren’t as interested as they were a decade ago.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Maybe they should do something that will keep us interested

      • jocab_w

        Absolutely. All the origin stuff in the first film of the reboot bored me to tears. Been there, done that. Let’s do something new.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Actually it was more interesting to watch then years earlier because truthfully AG is more interesting Peter than TM

      • jocab_w

        While I think Garfield is a much better actor and Spider-Man than Maguire, I don’t like the way he plays Peter. He’s too much of a suave bad boy for my liking at this stage of Peter’s life. I never bought him as the bullied geek.

        I largely like the cast of the reboot, but they really didn’t need to retread the origin again. It was done very well in the Raimi film and most everyone knows that story.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I meant Garfield as Peter and Spidy

      • Guest

        You mean Tobey Maguire was the better actor in the first Spider-man movie and both Tobey and Andrew were just as good of actors in the second Spider-man movie. Right? I hope that’s what you were trying to say.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I guess he does

    • Manuel Orozco

      Maybe they should do something that will keep us interested

  • Avery Merrick

    I think 23 Jump Street will most likely get the June 10, 2016 date instead of TASM3.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Very funny

  • Avery Merrick

    I think 23 Jump Street will most likely get the June 10, 2016 date instead of TASM3.

  • TigerFIST

    I think they should let the rights go back to Marvel/Disney.. The box office of their hands keeps going down. If not have one more try of 2017, spend less on marketing, and see what happens. Was the production and marketing cost around $440 million? Dave do you know?

  • TigerFIST

    I think they should let the rights go back to Marvel/Disney.. The box office of their hands keeps going down. If not have one more try of 2017, spend less on marketing, and see what happens. Was the production and marketing cost around $440 million? Dave do you know?

  • mattinacan

    goddard is an idiot for leaving daredevil for this mess

  • mattinacan

    goddard is an idiot for leaving daredevil for this mess

  • Dpw

    Definitely think Spider-man is in disarray and Sony totally read public perception wrong with the sinister six, venom films, but Sony will never drop the rights. The last flick still made 700 mil. What they need to do is make a better movie for less money. The bloated budget hasn’t helped the quality of these last Webb films anyway. Get back to story and characters. The last movie looks to be making the same mistakes Batman v. Superman is making with all the casting and premature world building. Make a good movie first, then get fancy with delusions of making an Avengers style ensemble.

  • Dpw

    Definitely think Spider-man is in disarray and Sony totally read public perception wrong with the sinister six, venom films, but Sony will never drop the rights. The last flick still made 700 mil. What they need to do is make a better movie for less money. The bloated budget hasn’t helped the quality of these last Webb films anyway. Get back to story and characters. The last movie looks to be making the same mistakes Batman v. Superman is making with all the casting and premature world building. Make a good movie first, then get fancy with delusions of making an Avengers style ensemble.

  • Dpw

    Definitely think Spider-man is in disarray and Sony totally read public perception wrong with the sinister six, venom films, but Sony will never drop the rights. The last flick still made 700 mil. What they need to do is make a better movie for less money. The bloated budget hasn’t helped the quality of these last Webb films anyway. Get back to story and characters. The last movie looks to be making the same mistakes Batman v. Superman is making with all the casting and premature world building. Make a good movie first, then get fancy with delusions of making an Avengers style ensemble.

  • eternalozzie

    I don’t care about the sinister six … I want a straight up good storyline with Goblin vs. Spidey … Dane Dehaan and Garfield’s anti-bromance had some good chemistry.

  • enzofloc

    Dear SONY, don’t stop at the screenwriters… and don’t re-think or think at all… just sell off the franchise to FOX and let them give Spidey the treatment he deserves. Captain America , Thor or even Iron Man should NOT be out-performing the Web Head.

    • Verbal Kent

      Let’s see how Cap 5, Thor 5, or Ironman 5 does.

  • Verbal Kent

    As long as Disney doesn’t get there Nazi hands on Spiderman, I’m a happy guy. Just tweak it a little Sony and move forward.

    • Drake

      Tweak Orci and Kurtzman right out of the creative process.

      • Manuel Orozco

        We shouldn’t blame them for the mess they created two months ago

    • Manuel Orozco

      Let’s hope it stays at Sony

    • Tom

      I hope you realise how absolutely stupid you sound for calling a company currently run by Bob Iger, a Jewish man, Nazis.

      • Verbal Kent

        Nazi sympathizer!

  • TedSallis

    Amazing Spider-Man 2 suuuuuucked. Never thought they’d have to reboot again so quickly.

  • Chachi

    I recently watched Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 for the first time since I saw it in the theater. All my memories of that flick were that it was too crowded and such a let down after how good Spider-Man 2 was. Plus I was so pumped for the black costume/venom story line. Anyone upon the re-watch it really wasn’t all that terrible. Not close to the first two, but not a franchise killer by any means. I mean, if the X-Men can (and have) survive The Last Stand, why couldn’t Spidey survive the third movie. The first two still hold up wonderfully and I just loved the style that Raimi brought to the franchise. Would have loved to see what he would have done with the fourth flick but now we’re dealing with this new mess. If I had a vote I’d say can the current one and hand it back over to Sam. But I don’t…so it goes.

    • Seachai Chan

      The main star of the new franchise isn’t as connectable as RDJ’s Iron man and Chris Evan’s Capt. They need to recast him if they want someone very likable and iconic to the role. I think he looks very pretentious and mischievous sometimes regardless of what his take on Spider-man is.

  • Seachai Chan

    Recast Spider-man cause Garfield doesn’t seem to generate strong opinions from some people in the audience, get a better director, and get better writers. It shouldn’t take that much of intelligence for Sony to figure this out. Every time I say this aloud, I feel like I’m talking to a bunch of 5 year olds working at the studios desk. When you package a main star who makes some people feel uncomfortable for whatever reason, that means something is WRONG.

  • GunzOfNavarone

    I think first and foremost, Marc Webb needs to go. He’s out of his comfort zone and it showed with TASM 2. I liked the first one, but when you compare the TASM2 to Spider Man 2 (2004), there really is no comparison. One is a great film, the other is structurally a mess.

    • Guest

      how about get rid of Webb and Garfield, that solves most of the problem this franchise has.

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