DEN OF THE GEEK)
Sony has decided that it's in no mood to wait for a potential sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, and has thus ordered work to begin on a sequel. That, in itself, is no strange thing, of course, save for the fact that production is still ongoing with the initial reboot. In fact, Andrew Garfield's maiden outing in the webslinger suit isn't due in cinemas for over a year.
However, just as Warner Bros did, for example, with Sherlock Holmes (and is believed to be doing with The Green Lantern), Sony is hedging its bets. Rather than waiting to see if The Amazing Spider-Man is a success, it wants the script work (the cheapest, but arguably most complex part of the process) to begin now.
Hence, it's hired James Vanderbilt to get cracking on a screenplay, which, if all goes to plan, will lead to a short turnaround between films. You can wager that Sony wants a two year gap between Spidey movies, having left things so long since Spider-Man 3.