Spider-Man 3 in Development for 2007

If you read yesterday’s report here on what Marvel Studios’ Avi Arad said about Spider-Man 3 you would already know this, but from the e-mails we’re getting it seems quite a few of you missed it. Variety has put their own spin on what Avi said and contacted Sony Pictures about it directly, though what they learned was not much new from what we already know…

Just as Sony puts the finishing touches on its $200 million production of “Spider-Man 2,” Marvel Enterprises is already crooning about “Spider-Man 3.”

News comes as the marketing push for “Spider-Man 2,” which bows July 2, is about to kick into overdrive. Studio is lining up new corporate sponsors and ramping up its worldwide marketing plans.

Sony confirmed that the studio has pushed “Spider-Man 3″ into development, but would not offer more details.

During a Q4 earnings conference call on Tuesday, Marvel Studios chairman-CEO Avi Arad said that “Spider-Man 3 is in development” and that a “contemplated release date will be probably 2007.”

Arad said the pic could possibly bow in 2006, but that “It is a big movie, and we would rather play it safe and talk about the 2007 at this point.”

There have been reports that director Sam Raimi has committed to making the movie, and agents and managers for Tobey Maguire (aka Peter Parker), have been working around a tentative “Spider-Man 3″ schedule when booking the thesp for other projects.

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Source: Variety