With production set to begin early next year on Spider-Man 4, Sony Pictures is looking even further into the future. The studio has announced that they’ve tapped James Vanderbilt to script a fifth and sixth installment in the highly lucrative film franchise.
You may remember that Vanderbilt actually wrote the first script for Spider-Man 4, although Director Sam Raimi ended up bringing David Lindsay-Abaire on board to rewrite it (followed more recently by Gary Ross to rewrite Abaire’s script).
Vanderbilt will be tasked with writing an interconnected storyline between the two movies, an idea originally discussed when Vanderbilt was signed to write Spider-Man 4. Variety notes that it’s unclear whether Raimi and the major players — Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man/Peter Parker) and Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson) — would return. If they don’t, it’s more than likely that Vanderbilt will craft a franchise reboot.
Spider-Man 4 hits theaters on May 6, 2011.