Sony Sets 2014 Release Date for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

While J.J. Abrams and his team work on the script for Star Trek 2, not wanting to rush the project and simply make the best film they can rather than make a film based on a release date, Sony is saying to hell with that and has already established a 2014 release date for the sequel to a film that has yet to hit theaters.

Deadline reports Columbia Pictures will release The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on May 2, 2014, just under two years after the July 3, 2012 release of The Amazing Spider-Man.

The first film in the newly rebooted franchise is directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) and stars Andrew Garfield in the web-slinging title role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He's joined by Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors (aka The Lizard), Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Ben and May Parker, Denis Leary as George Stacy and Irrfan Khan as Nels Van Adder. The first trailer for the film arrived only a couple of weeks ago, you can watch it directly below.

  • Winchester

    Didn't Sony do this already when they tapped May 2007 about five minutes after Spider-Man 2 came out back in the day?

    So, they are remaking Raimi's film ten years later, scheduling the sequel to the 'first' for ten years after Raimi's sequel...........I guess next week will bring the announcment that May 2017 will bring Spidey 3.

    I always thought time travel was an impossibility.

  • AJ

    Interesting. I wonder if this is the norm now, filling up the schedule that far in advance, or if it might have something to do with the rumors that Sony Pictures may be sold sometime in the next year in order to provide some much needed revenue to the parent company (hurting from slow electronics sales due to economic downturn and the destruction of their manufacturing processes from the Japan earthquakes).

    Staking out release dates for potential blockbusters make them seem more "real", despite the first film not even being finished yet. It may help add perceived value to the company.

  • Cory

    Well, it's not really that bad if you think about the timeline.

    They finished filming this a while ago. An entire year for post. During that year, they could easily hammering out the script and have it ready to go before the first film even premieres.

    Start shooting in late 2012 (depending on box office, of course) and have it done in plenty of time.

    It looks bad, considering the film hasn't been released yet but it's actually not.

  • Kob

    If its anything like the schedule for Raimi's Spider-Man franchise then they'll be in pre-production for the film straight after the first one is out in theatres.

    Seems like Sony is banking of the first one to be in instant success. Has Webb been confirmed for the next one? The saying 'counting chickens before they're hatched' comes to mind.

  • Alejandro Roggio

    I gasped at first, but now that I think about it, it's a smart move.

    The reality is that Sony has no idea if Spiderman is going to be a hit or not. But JUST IN CASE it is, they already have the release date set. And just because it's Spiderman, no other studio is going to dare add some competition to the date. .

    And if it Spiderman isn't successful, all they have to do is switch it out with another film and they still keep the release date without any competition.

    Basically, this move is just a "Secure a valuable release date" move, not necessarily a "Let's try and rush Spiderman 2" move.

  • Ricky

    Agreed. Since this new series is a planned trilogy, and they have the cast signed on as such, it makes sense to set the release date now. They are already done filming the first movie, and Sony must have some idea that the finished product has the potential to be a hit. With an outline already finished for ASM2 (and scriptwriters hired, as I recall from a story back in May/June), this release date makes complete business and creative sense.

    I would argue that Star Trek is the franchise suffering because of JJ Abrams involvement in other projects. The release date wasn't pushed back because they are taking their time with the film... It was pushed back because he just started thinking about it now and it would be impossible to get it out by next June.

    Its fine if you aren't excited for the this reboot, but from what I've seen it looks like they are doing a pretty good job with it. I would prefer that all future news on this franchise isn't presented with such heavy negative bias.

  • Joe

    The gap between Raimi's Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 was only two years, and part two turned out to be the best of that trilogy. The announcement of the sequel doesn't automatically mean it will be terrible.