Columbia confirms 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'; 'Babylon 5' actor Michael O'Hare passes away
In the “no huge surprise” category, Columbia Pictures has announced that Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb will be back for The Amazing Spider-Man sequel set to be released on May 2, 2014. Emma Stone is also expected to be back. The screenplay is by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. The reboot of the franchise –a risky move by Columbia coming only five years after 2007’s disappointing Spider-Man 3 with Tobey Maguire as the web-slinger- has grossed over $750 million to date.
Michael O’Hare, who helped launch J Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5 series back in 1992, passed away on September 28, five days after suffering a heart attack that left him in a coma. The actor was 60. O’Hare played Commander Jeffrey Sinclair during the syndicated series first season, though before the second season started, he and Straczynski came to a mutual and amicable decision for the character to depart. He was replaced by Bruce Boxleitner for the rest of the series run, though he did return as guest-star in season two and a two-part episode in season three that completed his arc. Sadly, in the 20 years since that series began, the show has lost many of its casts, including Jeff Conway, Andreas Katsulas and Richard Biggs.