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This past weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crossed $200 million in domestic gross. Add in another $500 million across the world, and $700 million seems like a huge success. But fan reactions to the sequel were tepid and it certainly feels like excitement is waining. That’s not good for Sony Pictures, who famously recruited an army of talented writers and directors to shepherd the character in an every expanding, connected world. Two more Amazing Spider-Man films were tentatively scheduled, along with Venom and Sinister Six films. It was an ambitious plan that was definitely less certain after the slightly disappointing reactions to part 2.

Now the plans for The Amazing Spider-Man are even more in flux. Roberto Orci, who was scheduled to co-write The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Venom, revealed he’s left the franchise and isn’t quite sure what’s happening moving ahead. Read his quote about the future of The Amazing Spider Man franchise and more below. Read More »

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You know that little thing about Sony developing other characters related to Spider-Man? It’s far bigger than you thought. The studio just announced the Venom movie that has been rumored for years, and a Sinister Six film as well. That’s right — unlike some other studio approaches, when it comes to Spider-Man and Sony, the spin-off films are for the bad guys. That’s pretty wild.

To make these movies a creative “brain trust” has been formed, including Marc WebbAlex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard. Together they will collaboratively develop these films as a linked set of projects.

More details are below.

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‘Ghost’ Being Turned Into TV Show

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Briefly: It took almost a quarter century, but Paramount is finally getting around to remaking the hit 1990 film, Ghost. However, it won’t be for the big screen, it’ll be for television. Writers Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner (who worked together on Fringe) are attached to adapt the film, which is about a murder victim who attempts to solve the crime, and reconnect with his girl, as a ghost. No network is attached and only a pilot is in the works.

The original film starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Jerry Zucker, it won 2 Oscars and was the number two highest grossing film of the year, making over $215 million. [Variety]

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Sony must be happy with how The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is turning out because they’re bringing back the credited writing team for the third film. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner will write The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which already has a release date of June 10, 2016. Andrew Garfield will return for sure, and the studio apparently wants director Marc Webb to come back too. There’s no word on the villains, but with so many appearing in next summer’s sequel, odds are we’ll see one or two of them back. (Paul Giamatti as Rhino? Dane DeHaan or Chris Cooper as Green Goblin?) There’s also been talk these Spider-Man films are leading to the formation of the Sinister Six. Read More »

Sorry Kirsten Dunst, you’re the latest to be replaced in Sony/Columbia’s Spider-Man series. With Marc Webb confirmed to return as director for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the studio is moving forward with casting for the film, and there are a couple big reveals today.

One is that Electro is rumored as “one of the villains” under consideration for the sequel. The other is that Mary Jane Watson, played by Dunst in Sam Raimi’s films, is definitely going to appear. And Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) is the likely choice to play her. Read More »

Today’s TV Bits is a severely mixed bag, as we get updates on two returning shows and a few other shows that are dead or close to it. After the jump:

  • NBC confirms that Community will be back in the spring
  • AMC sets a return date for Mad Men
  • Showtime releases the season premieres of Shameless and Californication online
  • Fox cancels Allen Gregory, begins developing new late-night animated block
  • Fox’s Fringe seems likely to get cancelled
  • Fox decides against Glee spin-off, but devises a plan to keep its biggest stars on the show.

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JJ Abrams to Dose Us With 500 Rads

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With their now expected levels of secrecy and sneakiness, it seems that JJ Abrams and Bad Robot are already deep into bringing a mysterious movie called 500 Rads to the screen. At least that’s if it will be called 500 Rads and this isn’t just some kind of hazy-fantazy codename.

The leaked information so far pegs the film at a sweet little $25 million budget and alleges that production will take place in Europe. The story was apparently formulated by Abrams who handed it off to Jeff Pinkner to write the screenplay, and now it seems that some other scribes from the Bad Robot mafia will be taking a pass too while Pinker gets busy at the Fringe again.

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