Movie geeks everywhere are intimately familiar with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The duo has written J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, the first two Transformers movies, Mission: Impossible 3, and Cowboys & Aliens, and have produced a ton of stuff from the television series “Alias” all the way up to next year’s film adaptation of Ender’s Game. Now, the writing/producing team has locked down their next gig: they’ll be writing the sequel to this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man.
ComingSoon has the news, and I’m decidedly mixed about this. For every great project these guys have worked on, there’s a pretty terrible one to balance it out. James Vanderbilt originally wrote the script to this sequel, but it appears Sony is looking for something a bit different. It was recently reported that “Freaks and Geeks” and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig came in to do a little writing on the first The Amazing Spider-Man, so perhaps Sony is searching for someone with a finger a bit more on the pulse of current high school students to take this series to the next level. But are Kurtzman and Orci the right guys for the job?
I can totally see them as producers – after all, they specialize in big-budget blockbusters – but writing? It’s really tough to guess how this will turn out at this point, so I’ll leave it to you guys: do you think Kurtzman and Orci can write a compelling Spider-Man story? The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters on July 3rd, 2012, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters on May 2nd, 2014.