Roberto Orci and his partner Alex Kurtzman will be the spinning the tale for the sequel to a highly anticipated superhero film franchise reboot.
The 38-year-old Mexican-born screenwriter and Kurtzman have been hired by Sony Pictures to write the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and executive produce the film, according to Variety.
“Alex and Bob have a unique ability to write great characters and spectacular action that makes them pitch perfect for ‘Spider-Man,’” producer Matt Tolmach said. “They have an exciting take on the franchise.”
Orci and Kurtzman, meanwhile, issued a statement expressing their enthusiasm for the project.
“We grew up as huge Spider-Man fans so, to us, the opportunity to work on this film is akin to being handed the Holy Grail. We love the direction Sony and the filmmakers are taking the Peter Parker/Spider-Man mythology,” the statement read.
James Vanderbilt, who co-authored the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man, which will open in U.S. theaters on July 3, has written the first draft of the script for the follow-up film.
Production on the sequel—slated for a May 2014 release—is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2013.
Orci and Kurtzman, two of Hollywood’s most sought-after screenwriters, have written the scripts for films such as Mission: Impossible III, Transformers, Star Trek and Cowboys & Aliens.