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Spider-Man 3 goes into production ahead of sequel

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 Gibson’s 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 Pixar’s animated favourite, Finding Nemo.

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