James Vanderbilt (“Zodiac,” “The Losers”) has been hired to pen a fifth and sixth “Spider-Man” film for Sony Pictures reports Variety.
Vanderbilt, who penned the first draft of the script for the upcoming fourth installment, will pen the interconnecting storyline that makes up the fifth and sixth film.
Raimi didn’t embrace all of Vanderbilt’s ideas, but executives at Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios have and are keen to shorten the gap between “Spider-Man” films which has been steadily growing with each new entry.
The idea of an interconnected storyline, first suggested for the fourth and fifth film, was scrapped in favor of a fourth stand alone with the original cast once Raimi solidified his involvement. Raimi then brought David Lindsay-Abaire and later Gary Ross to re-write Vanderbilt’s fourth film script.
With the rehiring of Vanderbilt, it seems the original idea for the fourth film will continue to be developed for the fifth and sixth and could be used as a starting point for a potential reboot if none of the original cast/crew wants to comeback.
Production on “Spider-Man 4” will begin early next year for a May 6th 2011 release.