By Darren Franich
Updated March 25, 2011 at 08:30 PM EDT
John Schwartzman

The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony’s high school reboot of their lucrative web-swinging franchise, doesn’t hit theaters until July 3, 2012, but the wheels are already in motion on the next next Spidey movie. EW has confirmed that the studio has hired James Vanderbilt to begin work on a follow-up to Amazing. Vanderbilt authored the original screenplay for Amazing Spider-Man (although the scribe currently shares screenwriting credit with Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves). It’s become common practice for studios to start working on blockbuster sequels while films are still in production, but given the controversial nature of this Spider-Man reboot, this can be considered a special vote of confidence by the studio in the franchise’s new direction. (Now, let’s start the real conversation — what should they call Spidey 2/5? I vote for The Spectacular Spider-Man.)

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