Story by: Jack Foley
SPIDER-MAN 2 is not scheduled
to hit cinemas until July but, already, work has begun on a third
film in the series, according to various online reports.
Initial plans for the next story in the series are already being
put into place, according to Variety, even though no script has
been written, and none of the principles, from director, Sam Raimi,
to stars, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, have signed up.
However, buoyed by the overwhelming success of the original and
the positive word of mouth being generated by the sequel, Sony
have apparently confirmed that a 2006 or 2007 release date has
been pencilled in.
The first Spider-Man film broke box office records and earned
$800m (£440m) in 2002, surpassing initial expectation, while
the sequel, which reportedly cost $200m (£109m), is expected
to emulate this success in July.
Based on reaction to the trailer, and the comments from both
stars and director, a second and third film in the franchise could
help Spider-Man to become one of the most successful film series
in Box Office history.
The first film still holds the record for the most ticket money
spent in a film's opening weekend in the US - $115m (£63m)
in the first three days - despite strong competition from the
likes of Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings and, more recently,
Mel Gibsons The Passion
of the Christ.
Its final taking, of $800m, has made it the seventh most successful
box office hit of the decade - behind all three Lord of the Rings
movies, both Harry Potter films and Pixars animated favourite,