What’s in a Name?: Is "Spider-Man II" the Sequel Title?

Ah, what a tangled web Sony’s Columbia Pictures is weaving for the title of its second “Spider-Man” picture.

According to official casting documents being shared with New York casting agents (which FilmJerk.com was able to obtain), the current name of the production is “Spider-Man II.” The Roman numeral-focused title currently displaces the “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2” titles that were previously rumored; Interestingly, this is a step backward for the film’s name, as Columbia Pictures released promotional art at license trade shows bearing this title in July.

In speaking with several entertainment-focused branding experts tonight, they feel the title needs to be slightly tweaked with a possible sub-title, possibly tying into the villain this go-around, Dr. Octopus. We here at FilmJerk.com agree with this assessment and expect there to be more title changes underfoot.

In related news, the production is trying to cast four supporting parts for the picture. They include Daisy, “an intelligent lady still in the bloom of her youth.” This character, listed in her 40s, is described as “a classy earth mother who enjoys cooking and poetry. She and her husband have a close, loving relationship.” Also being sought after are: A male college professor named Tanner who teaches science; a society women in the age range of 30 to 50 that introduces the guest of honor at a party; and an Italian pizza shop owner. Each of these three latter characters appear in two scenes of the film, and the casting people are looking for local New York actors to shoot their scenes in late April.

If you feel you are rightly suitable for one of these roles, please feel free to have your agent contact either the production company or the casting directors.

It’s been a busy week for “Spider-Man II,” as it was announced that Alfred Molina (“Frida,” “Identity”) would join Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco as the villainous “Doc Ock” in the sequel.

The Scorecard
Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Michael Chabon
Producers: Avi Arad, Grant Curtis, Laura Ziskin
Executive Producer: Joe Caracciolo
Casting Director: Dianne Crittenden
Casting Associate: Michael Nicolo
Filming Start Date: Late April, 2003
Location: New York