Perhaps the handwriting was on the wall after the amicable separation of Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, the scriptwriting team behind Transformers, Star Trek, Cowboys and Aliens, the Sleepy Hollow television series, and, of course, Sony’s rebooted Amazing Spider-Man films. Last Friday, Orci announced that, due to his commitments towards writing and directing the upcoming Star Trek 3 film, and his new television series, Matador, he is no longer “officially involved” with The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Furthermore, Orci doesn’t know what plans Sony may have in store for Spider-Man or it’s possible spin-off films.
In an interview with IGN, Orci stated the following:
“I don’t know what their plans are for [The Amazing Spider-Man] 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.”
This news comes on the heels of last month’s news about The Amazing Spider-Man 3 possibly delayed until 2017 instead of it’s original 2016 release date. Both Sony’s Sinister Six (to be directed by Drew Goddard) and Venom spin-offs were also supposed to have been set for release dates in 2016. Now, with his departure and statement, it appears the official release schedule for Sony’s future Spider-Man installments are now up in the air.