Sequel to Spider-Man reboot already in the works

Columbia Pictures must feel really good about The Amazing Spider-Man—the studio ALREADY has a sequel in the works.

According to Heat Vision, screenwriter James Vanderbilt has already been given the green light to pen the next chapter in the rebooted franchise. Vanderbilt wrote the script (with some help from Spider-Man 2 scribe Alvin Sargent) for The Amazing Spider-Man, which is still shooting until mid-April and won't open until next July.

But Vanderbilt apparently met with the filmmakers and Columbia executives on Wednesday, giving them his pitch for the next film and getting the go-ahead to start writing.

Vanderbilt actually worked on the abandoned Spider-Man 4, back when director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire were still involved with the franchise. That script was said to be more character-oriented and featured the Vulture as the main villain (John Malkovich was approached for the role).

When Raimi and Maguire left and the entire series was revamped, Vanderbilt was kept around to work on what became The Amazing Spider-Man, which is now shooting under the direction of Marc Webb, with Andrew Garfield playing Spidey/Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the Lizard. The Amazing Spider-Man will be released in 3-D on July 3, 2012.

Is Columbia Pictures feeling a little too confident about the chances for The Amazing Spider-Man? And if a sequel does go forward, who do you think they should pick for the next villain?

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