I’ve added Andrew’s most recent events to the gallery.
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he writers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are returning for the upcoming third film.
Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner have signed up to write the screenplay for Sony’s third outing featuring Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sony has announced that the third and fourth Amazing Spider-Man films will be released on June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018 respectively.
Marc Webb is expected to return to direct the third installment of the rebooted franchise.
Kurtzman and Orci have also signed up to work on Star Trek 3, while they are producing Universal’s reboot of the Mummy franchise and an adaptation of the Joe Hill comic book Locke & Key.
The second installment in Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise is due out next spring, with Andrew Garfield’s webhead set to take on Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s unnaturally large head as Rhino. In interviews last week, both Foxx and Giamatti were asked about their villainous roles, and each mentioned the possibility of a larger plan for their characters for future films. After all, Sony has announced that there will be at least two more movies in the series, which means there must be at least a vague blueprint in place for the studio to commit so early.
The most intriguing rumor stoked by these interviews is that Webb and company are building towards a large-scale showdown the likes of which we really haven’t seen in any of the superhero films that have been released to date. For those of you who are not comic book readers and didn’t grow up on the Spider-Man animated series from the ‘90s, one of the biggest threats the web-slinger ever faced was the Sinister Six, an alliance of a half-dozen of his enemies who realized they couldn’t beat Spider-Man on their own.
Obviously this is an exciting rumor for fans of the genre. The prospect of seeing a full, complete arc for a villain over multiple movies is new to anything outside of Marvel Studios and the X-Men trilogy. In fact, it’s distinctly possible that this proposed foursome of films could be even more inter-connected than anything that’s come before it.
Marc Webb has already gotten that started by planting the seeds of future storylines and characters without exploring them fully in the first film. Oscorp CEO Norman Osborn – who later becomes Spidey arch-nemesis the Green Goblin – was an off-screen presence in Amazing Spider-Man as his mysterious illness served as the motivation for Oscorp’s funding of Dr. Curt Connors’ human-animal DNA-splicing research. The casting of the excellent Chris Cooper as Osborn indicates that he’ll have a larger role in the sequel and beyond.
My guess based on some of Cooper’s comments is that we see an ailing Norman at points throughout this next movie, establishing his relationship with son Harry, played by Dane DeHaan, and see his evil alter ego in number three before Green Goblin goes all-out crazy in the final film, possibly leading the Sinister Six against Spider-Man.
If you ask me, this is the perfect way for the new franchise to distinguish itself from Sam Raimi’s original trilogy. A big reason why these characters and stories are so successful among fans is that they co-exist. The trend in most superhero movies is to kill off the villain at the end, closing the book on that particular rivalry and any chance it could be revisited later. It’s certainly a nice way to complete the story at hand, but it eliminates so many storytelling possibilities down the road. Obviously, it’s rare that a movie studio will guarantee an entire franchise worth of movies early enough in the game for the filmmakers to take advantage, but it’s exciting that Marc Webb and Sony might be taking a more serialized approach to their Spider-Man saga.
As for who exactly could make up this particular villainous cabal, Webb has a lot of freedom there. The Sinister Six has had several iterations in the comics, with just about every major Spider-Man villain joining the roster at some point or another. That gives Webb a lot of options if he decides to go that route, and from what Foxx and Giammati have been saying, it sounds like a distinct possibility that they’ll be seen in more than just the upcoming sequel.
I enjoyed it quite a bit, The Amazing Spider-Man was far from perfect. It had its share of dropped or rushed plot points, for instance, and the humor that is so central to the character still hasn’t quite translated right to the big screen. But the fact that the Sinister Six has even been hinted at this early on has me excited for future installments. If Webb does indeed build the Spider-Man mythos in any way even close to what I’ve theorized, it could mean big things to look forward to for superhero fans.
Inside Indie has learned that Michael Shannon (‘Man of Steel,’ ‘The Iceman’) is to star opposite Andrew Garfield (‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ ‘The Social Network’) in the upcoming indie drama ‘99 Homes.’
As previously reported, the film sees Garfield playing “a man who loses his home to foreclosure. Desperate, he eventually finds work with the real estate broker who took his house and soon is not only evicting homeowners but helping the man embezzle money from the government. While his financial worries disappear, his conscience begins to break him down.”
Shannon is said to be taking the role of the broker, who profits from Garfield’s misery.
Award-winning filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (‘Man Push Cart’) is behind the camera, directing from his own script. Kevin Turen and Justin Nappi of Treehouse Pictures will serve as producers.
Andrew turned 30 yesterday, August 20, and we didn’t forget! We were otherwise occupied and didn’t have the time to post. Digital Spy celebrated by making a list of his best roles pre Spiderman and you can read them right below.
Boy A (2007)
Garfield earned a TV BAFTA for his achingly moving breakthrough performance in John Crowley’s drama, which aired on the BBC in the UK but played at several international film festivals including Toronto. Based on the novel by Jonathan Trigell, which was inspired in turn by the real-life Jamie Bulger case, Boy A stars Garfield as a young man released from a young offenders’ institution under a new identity, who is struggling to put a vicious childhood crime behind him. Centring on his relationships with his rehab worker (Peter Mullan) and love interest (Katie Lyons), it’s a troubling, incisive and often shattering early showcase for Garfield’s emotional range.
Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1974 (2009)
Proving once again his ability to play flawed, frequently unpleasant characters with intelligence and humanity, Garfield starred in the first part of Channel 4′s brutal, hypnotic crime saga as cocky young Yorkshire reporter Eddie Dunford. Digging for information on the disappearance of young girls, the naive Dunford becomes drawn into a web of local conspiracy, and also becomes involved with the mother of one of the missing girls (Rebecca Hall). Directed by Julian Jarrold, this first segment is a murky, intricately plotted mystery that’s anchored by Garfield’s performance.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
While it’s most famous for being Heath Ledger’s final film, Terry Gilliam’s scattershot fantasy was also Garfield’s big-screen debut (although Boy A and Red Riding were released theatrically in the US). The idealistic Anton, a sleight-of-hand expert vying for Lily Cole’s affections, isn’t the most multi-dimensional of characters, but Garfield’s got enough natural charm to believably go up against Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell rolled up into one man and still end up with the girl.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
There’s a persistently wounded idealism about Garfield; a sense that all of his characters are in some way doomed to be betrayed by the world they trust. This is never more glaring than in Mark Romanek’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopian novel, in which Garfield plays one of a generation of cloned teenagers who have been bred to lead shortened lives during which their organs are periodically harvested. Critics of the film suggested that Garfield, Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley’s lead characters were too accepting of their fate, but Garfield imbues the sensitive Tommy with a sense of heartbreaking rage, and his chemistry with Mulligan mitigates the film’s chilliness.
That wounded idealism (or kicked-puppy quality, if you prefer) crops up again in David Fincher’s razor-sharp Facebook origin story. Jesse Eisenberg was rightly feted for his nuanced turn as Mark Zuckerberg, but the importance of Garfield’s role as his mistreated BFF Eduardo Saverin shouldn’t be under-estimated. Aaron Sorkin uses Rooney Mara’s Erica as the impetus for Zuckerberg creating the site that would eventually become Facebook, but she’s largely AWOL from the narrative and the key relationship is between Zuckerberg and the endlessly loyal Saverin, who ends up being the biggest casualty of Zuckerberg’s ego trip. Garfield strikes up an easy chemistry with Eisenberg, offering a warm counterpoint to his twitchy energy and hinting at emotional layers that Sorkin’s script leaves largely unexplored.
Thanks to Celyn, I have added scans of Andrew from the September issue of Empire to the gallery!
&bull Press > 2013 > September | Empire