There’s a good chance Amazing Spider-Man 3 won’t arrive during 2016 after all. During a recent interview with IGN, screenwriter Roberto Orci said he is not involved with the sequel and isn’t sure what Sony plans to do with the 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,” Orci said. “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.”
Without a writer attached, Sinister Six and Venom spinoffs will probably reach theaters before we get to see Amazing Spider-Man 3. It’s also unclear whether the studio still intends to build an expanded universe around Andrew Garfield’s take on Peter Parker.
Amazing Spider-Man 2 was panned by critics, and though it pulled in $704 million at the box office, it didn’t build on the haul of its predecessor—never a good sign. Sony had hopes they could turn the well-known character into a billion-dollar franchise, but unless they iron out the issues, it doesn’t look likely.
Orci split with his long-time writing partner Alex Kurtzman earlier this year and is hard at work on the Star Trek 3 script with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne. He is also thought to be the front runner for directing the film if Paramount likes the script. It would be his first gig as director.
Talking with Collider recently, Orci shied away from confirming rumors about his directing the sequel, but he did hint that there’s a chance he could get the job.
“The studio has yet to even read the script,” he said. “I’m in the middle of writing it with the talented team of Payne and McKay. They are true Star Trek fans, as well. So I can’t even think anything about the future until I give them a script and they greenlight it. Until that happens, everything else is just a rumor. If we’re lucky enough that everything goes right, then I’ll start to feel the pressure.”