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Future uncertain for Spider-Man. Robert Orci expresses concern for the franchise

Roberto Orci leaves Amazing Spider-Man 3 to work on Star Trek 3
Roberto Orci leaves Amazing Spider-Man 3 to work on Star Trek 3
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Things seem to be uncertain for the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 received a split decision in reviews, it did not help that the latest film in the Spider-Man franchise did not meet Sony's expectations in the box office (though the movie is among one of the highest grossing films of the year). After ASM2's official release, people behind the scenes seemed uncertain about the future on the film series. First there was a rumor that the next film, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, could be pushed back to 2017. Now though, one of the key writers is leaving the project.

According to IGN, Star Trek writer screenwriter, Roberto Orci, said that he will no longer be contributing to the script for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Orci stated that he is uncertain on what the franchise will do when it comes to the Spider-Man spin-offs Venom and Sinister Six.

"I don't know what their plans are for that franchise," Orci said. "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. I've read probably as much as anyone else. There's a love for the Sinister Six, the idea of Venom — there's an idea of Spider-Man's going to be one of these characters that's part of our business. 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."

While Orci's departure seems like a crippling blow for the Spider-Man franchise, there is a very good reason why the screenwriter is no longer a part of the project. Recently, it was announced that Roberto Orci will be directing the next installment in the Star Trek franchise (which is speculated to arrive in theaters in the summer of 2016). It would seem that the reason why Orci is not going to be a part of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is because of his schedule with Star Trek 3. Though the next Spider-Man film has lost Orci, it still has writers Alex Kurtzman and Jeff Pinkner attached to the project; and though the future is uncertain, it is still slated that Kurtzman will direct the Venom spinoff. So while this may be a set back for the film, it is also likey that Sony will figure out how to continue the Spider-Man series without Kurtzman. How this change will effect the project will likely be determined in the near future.

What do you think of this update? Will this change greatly effect the Spider-Man franchise? Express your opinion in the comments below. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is scheduled to hit theaters on June 10,2016.

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