B lockbuster writing team Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman will be taking the reins for the sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man" from first draft scribe James Vanderbilt, according to a report by Deadline. This will no doubt be a controversial move for comic book geeks and movie fans to take in.
Orci and Kurtzman have been praised for penning some great films and blamed for some of what many fanboys and girls would call the biggest travesties in film history. During the duo's checkered past, they breathed new life into the "Star Trek" franchise with 2009's successful reboot but were also responsible for what "Transformers" fans and critics felt was a major disaster when it comes to plot and any semblance of story with the same year's "Revenge of the Fallen." Another fine example of their love/hate relationship with reviewers and audiences is "Mission: Impossible III" vs. "Cowboys & Aliens."
I happen to love every film Orci and Kurtzman have ever written. The claims that their "Transformers" movies have no plots are unfounded. The one film that receives the most negative responses is "Revenge of the Fallen," which has quite a complex storyline. I can't think of a single one of their films that doesn't at least have a simple plot full of action that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Response to the news via Deadline and The Playlist, however, was negative. One Playlist reader commenting under the alias "Ugh" wrote, "There goes any sense of cohesive storytelling. Seriously, these guys are the worst. They don't tell genuine stories with a three act structure; they just write down a series of events that are loosely connected."
Deadline reader Jay Smack stated, "Orci-Kurtzman are infamous for NOT doing what's 'in the comic book.' They are popular with no one but a very small circle of studio suits and maybe J.J. Abrams." Bob, on the same website, declared, "I have come to the conclusion that these guys aren't very good writers, 'Star Trek' is good because of JJ Abrams. 'Cowboys & Aliens' is what happens when these guys run the show. I just don't see it being a good fit."
"The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel producer Matt Tolmach stated his excitement about Orci and Kurtzman joining the project telling Deadline, "[They] have a unique ability to write great characters and spectacular action that makes them pitch perfect for 'Spider-Man.' ... they have an exciting take on the franchise -- we're thrilled to have them."
Orci and Kurtzman are equally as enthusiastic, stating, "We grew up as huge Spider-Man fans ... 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."
It appears Sony wants the flavor of the first "The Amazing Spider-Man" movie enhanced with Orci and Kurtzman's past experience putting together blockbuster blow-ups and monster action sequences. Their involvement definitely points to the idea that the studio wants a bigger, more explosive spectacle in the followup, which is scheduled to hit theaters on May 2, 2014.
It's scheduled to begin filming in early 2013. At this point, it's unknown whether first installment director Marc Webb will join Kurtzman and Orci for the sequel.
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