‘Shang-Chi’ Writer Dave Callaham Opens Up About Writing ‘Spider-Verse’ Sequel

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings scribe Dave Callaham opened up about writing the upcoming Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse sequel.

Dave Callaham has what is probably the world’s best job: writing the sequel to one of the best superhero films ever made. Fresh off the heels of writing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Callaham is now currently working on the long-awaited Spider-Verse sequel alongside Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Callaham opened up about how he began working on the sequel to the hit animated film before the first film even came out. It all began when he was approached by the hot-shot writing/directing/producing duo of Lord and Miller.

“[Chris and Phil] said, ‘We have this animated Spider-Man movie we are doing.’ They were still working on the first movie. They couldn’t tell me what it was going to look like. Because it’s them, I said, ‘I’ll come in and see what you have. I don’t get it.’ They showed me an animatic, which at the time looked like napkin drawings with temp vocals and no animation styling behind it. I could feel the heart behind it, but I couldn’t imagine how spectacular this thing could be yet. They showed me some still images of some of the art they had been working on. With them, I trust them implicitly and I believed they were going to do something special. I said, ‘OK,’ and they said, ‘Great. Pitch us a sequel.’ So I began the very strange process of working on the sequel for a year before the original came out.”

The Shang-Chi scribe continued by discussing how the film eventually became a critical and cultural phenomenon.

“It wasn’t until that movie came out that it made any sense to anybody in the outside world what it was that I was up to. Then suddenly the interest went from zero to 100 overnight. Suddenly people loved the movie and a couple of months later it wins an Oscar and then the trajectory changes a little bit.”

As for when the Spider-Verse sequel drops? That won’t be until October of next year. However, Callaham revealed that he is still in process of writing the sequel alongside Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

 “…I am still [writing it] (laughs) — the process continues. I am now writing it with Phil and Chris. The three of us. Sometimes it’s one of us. Sometimes it’s two of us. Sometimes it’s three of us, depending on our availabilities, which I am actually very glad for, because they were too busy finishing the first movie when I was writing the initial draft of the second. But I can’t emulate their writing style. I do my best, but now I’ve been able to see how they do their thing and it’s been great. I’m sure we will be writing stuff for that movie until it releases…it feels more like an ever-evolving script.”

Dave Callaham absolutely knocked it out of the park with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings so having him lend his creative talents to the Spider-Verse sequel is an awesome proposition. Here’s hoping it can live up to the first one!

Here is the synopsis for Dave Callaham’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings:

“Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi in Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings. Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.”

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton from a script written by David Callaham, the upcoming Marvel film stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh, and Tony Leung. The film is now in cinemas.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter