Studio releases title for next Spider-Man movie

2011-02-15 11:00

The Hollywood movie studio behind the Spider-Man franchise yesterday released a title for the web slinger’s next film appearance, harkening back to his comic book origins.

Columbia Pictures will call the film, which hits theatres on July 3 next year starring Andrew Garfield, “The Amazing Spider-Man”.

The teenage superhero Spider-Man made his first appearance in the pages of a 1962 comic book called “Amazing Fantasy”, Issue No 15.

He proved so popular with readers that publisher Marvel Comics created “The Amazing Spider-Man” series in 1963.

Columbia, the film studio unit of Sony Corporation, is looking to reinvent its massively popular Spider-Man movie franchise by casting Garfield, who was born in the US but raised in Britain, to replace previous Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire.

The 2002 Spider-Man, sequel Spider-Man 2 and the most recent release Spider-Man 3 from 2007, which all starred Maguire, earned more than $1.1 billion (R8 billion) combined at box offices in the US and Canada, according to industry tracker boxofficemojo.com

It is one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

In 2008, the Library of Congress got the comic book equivalent of Spider-Man’s birth certificate, when an anonymous donor gave it the original drawings for Amazing Fantasy #15.

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