Andrew Garfield and director, Mark Webb will be returning for The amazing Spider-Man sequel. Emma is currently in talks!

Ending months of speculation about whether he would return to the Spider-Man franchise he helped reboot, director Marc Webb has signed on to helm the webslinger’s next outing for Columbia Pictures.
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The sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man will begin shooting in early 2013, with Andrew Garfield also returning as the superhero. Emma Stone is in talks to continue her role as Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen Stacy.

There has been little doubt that Garfield and Stone would be back for a second outing, but Webb’s deal has been the major question mark. Webb was paid roughly $1 million for the first chapter in the Spider-Man reboot, according to sources, and was looking for a pay raise in the wake of the film’s $750 million-plus worldwide box-office haul and fanboy response.

The screenplay is by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. The film will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

The sequel is set for release May 2, 2014.

“We could not be more confident in the direction we are taking this new Spider-Man storyline, and we are tremendously excited to be ramping up production again with Marc at the helm and Andrew continuing on as Peter Parker,” Columbia president Doug Belgrad said. “We can’t wait to share what we have in store for Peter and Spider-Man with audiences worldwide.”

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“The Amazing Spider-Man” is off to a strong start, and director Marc Webb’s film has escaped the clutches of its biggest foe — the crowded summer schedule. Trapped between “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” the Sony reboot was in real danger of becoming the friendly neighborhood afterthought.

Our readers got to see “Amazing Spider-Man” early thanks to the Hero Complex IMAX Screening Series. In the Q&A portion of the evening, Webb spoke about the chemistry between his lead actors, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and said that “casting them was the single most important” thing. Take a look at the video above to learn more about the casting of Garfield, the differing style of the two young stars and the director’s funny line about the off-screen romance between the two actors. “We did a lot of work in post on that,” Webb said, referring to post-production, the work phase in which editing, digital effects and music can add considerable Hollywood magic to footage.

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More awesome box office stats for The Amazing Spider-Man:

Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man spun a strong enough web in its worldwide debut to ensure a new future for Sony’s marquee franchise, including a six-day domestic opening of $140 million.

Worldwide, the 3D reboot has earned $341.2 million in its first week, including $201.6 million internationally.

Amazing Spider-Man topped the international chart over the weekend with $129.1 million from 74 territories, followed by 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, which earned $80.6 million from 48 markets in its second weekend for an outstanding foreign cume of $198 million.

Fox’s 3D toon, opening July 13 in North America, bested Spider-Man in some markets, including Germany, France and Argentina.

Domestically, Amazing Spider-Man — headlining Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone — turned in the best performance for the July 4th frame outside of the three Transformers pics, Twlight Saga: The Eclipse and Spider-Man 2. And among reboots, it easily bested the $79.5 million earned by Batman Begins in its first six days, including a three-day opening of $48.7 million.

Opening Tuesday in North America, Amazing Spider-Man grossed $65 for the weekend itself, the third best three-day number of summer outside of The Avengers and Brave. Amazing Spider-Man was up 15 percent from Friday to Saturday, indicating that the event pic is playing like a family film.

Overall, 75 percent of the audience were general movigoers ages 12 and up, while 25 percent were familes. Amazing Spider-Man skewed male (58 percent), while 65 percent of children were boys. The pic received an overall A- CinemaScore, and an A among moviegoers under the age of 25.

“What a spectacular relaunch,” Sony worldwide president of distribution Rory Bruer said. “There are so many facets of this movie that are compelling, including the chemistry between Andrew and Emma and the out-of-the-box direction of Marc Webb.”

Imax locations turned in a hefty $14.3 million, 10 percent of the domestic total. Imax should finish the weekend with a global Spider-Man gross north of $24 million.

With Amazing Spider-Man taking up much of the oxygen at the multiplex, the weekend brought mixed results for new entries Savages, Oliver Stone R-rated crime drama, and concert documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me

Read more over at THR

Sorry for the delay! I have been busy lately. On Thursday, Emma and Andrew were on El Hormiguero. Check out their fun pics on the talk show:

Here is some more info about what’s next for “The Amazing Spider-Man”:

“The Amazing Spider-Man,” Sony Pictures’ fourth installment in the franchise, has already broken box office records and wooed critics into its web.

Now, Sony hopes it will amaze twice more.

On the film’s Facebook fan page, the studio confirmed that the new “Spider-Man” is the first in a trilogy.

“It’s finally here,” the post, which appeared in more than 1.7 million newsfeeds Monday, begins. “‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is the first installment in a movie trilogy that will explore how our fave hero’s journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents.”

By Thursday evening, the post was liked 11,684 times.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” opened Monday in the United States after grossing $6 million from 1,236 screens in India, the biggest opening ever for a Hollywood film there and 74 percent bigger than ‘Spider-Man 3.”

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I have added some more interviews of Emma talking about The Amazing Spider-Man either at the red carpet or during press junket:


Check out Emma’s interview with Herald Sun:

And we all know what’s happening in that field. Still, Stone won’t be dissuaded.

“I’d love to be a copy editor,” she says seriously. “I love punctuation and grammar and spelling.

“I don’t mean to brag, but I’m pretty good at it.”

Well, maybe she could check this story before it goes to print?

“I would love to – I’ll edit you!” she almost-growls with excitement. “My friend has been writing a lot lately and she sends over her stuff and I go through it with a red pen, like … ‘Yes!’ … ‘Paragraph break here!'”

She sighs happily.

“I love it so much.”

That’s the 23-year-old’s logical side shining through – a side she’d like to feed in future by learning more about astronomy, biology, medicine and, yes, baking.

Stone is a smart cookie, but she didn’t attend high school – she was home-schooled through those years and shot her breakout movie Superbad in what would have been her final year.

But she doesn’t feel she missed out on any of the, er, fun.

“I’ve been to high school three times: once in Superbad, once in Easy A and once in The Amazing Spider-Man. So my high school experience is: guys wanting to get alcohol and have sex with you; you have to pretend to be a slut and get paid for it; and your boyfriend is a superhero.”

Check out Emma’s interview with ABC News about “The Amazing Spider-Man”:

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