Amazing Spider-Man News: Denis Leary Praises Emma Stone, Star Trek Writers to Rewrite Sequel Script
04.25.12 by Ryan
Denis Leary has made a nice career out of playing cops and firemen lately. After playing firefighter Tommy Gavin on FX's Rescue Me for seven seasons, Leary is very happy with his latest role — playing "Emma Stone's dad" in Sony's upcoming Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. "That’s the point in my career I’ve reached," Leary recently told The LA Times. "It will be ‘Emma Stone’s dad’ now, which, by the way, I’m fine with being. She’s the real thing; she’s fantastic."
Leary plays Capt. George Stacy in the reboot. While the character does meet a tragic fate in the Marvel comic books, it looks like Leary will be sticking with the franchise, admitting last August he will return for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, should the potential sequel happen. That means more improvising of his dialogue as he did for director Marc Webb.
Marc said he wanted us to be ready to jump off the page and be in the moment, but I was thinking, 'How much time are we going to have to do that on this giant action movie?' But you know what? Almost every day it happened. For an actor, that’s a dream.
Leary said Stone was also in on the improvising.
A lot of actors are not great at improv, but she’s fantastic at it. She’s an incredibly talented kid. And I had heard that on the grapevine from people; I heard that Bill Murray on Zombieland was saying, 'That girl is comedy gold.' And she is, she’s the real thing. So, yeah, I’m Emma Stone’s dad."
Sony is certainly betting on The Amazing Spider-Man to be successful enough to warrant a sequel as the studio is already hard at work on one. The studio hired Amazing Spider-Man screenwriter James Vanderbilt to write the initial draft of the sequel script last March, and with the reboot still awaiting release in July, Sony is already working on a rewrite.
THR reports that writing partners Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who wrote Paramount's Star Trek reboot and the upcoming sequel, will rewrite Vanderbilt's script.
"Alex and Bob have a unique ability to write great character and spectacular action that makes them pitch perfect for Spider-Man," said producer Matt Tolmach. The pair's most recent work was last year's Cowboys and Aliens, which was a bit of a disappointment. Still, the hiring of Kurtzman and Orci shows how serious the studio is about the sequel, which already has a release date of May 2, 2014.
While Orci and Kurtzman will rewrite the script, should the sequel still see Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) in high school, the movie's high school dialogue might still get a touch-up from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who recently admitted to Vulture that did a little writing on The Amazing Spider-Man.
I'm looking forward to The Amazing Spider-Man. [Webb]'s a great guy, he invited me on set, and I did a little bit of writing for that movie, for one of the high school scenes, so I'm excited.
Steve Kloves (Harry Potter) also admitted to doing some writing on The Amazing Spider-Man, and Alvin Sargent also took a turn with a draft.