Scribe nets Spidey gig

Chabon to ink sequel slated for a May 7, 2004, release

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon will rewrite “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the sequel to Columbia’s summer box office smash. Deal is valued at mid-six against mid-seven figures.

Studio already has inked with above-the-liners Tobey Maguire, Kirstin Dunst and director Sam Raimi as well as producers Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad and Ian Bryce.

Sequel is skedded to begin lensing early next year and is slated for a May 7, 2004, release.

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, creators of Disney’s “Shanghai Noon” franchise, were originally inked to pen the sequel. David Koepp, who received sole screenplay credit for the first pic, also wrote a draft.

Chabon’s Pulitzer-winning “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” which he adapted for producer Scott Rudin, is the story of an immigrant Jewish artist who partners with his Brooklyn cousin and creates comicbooks by drawing on their own fears and dreams to invent villains and superheroes.

Chabon also was approached by 20th Century Fox in 1996 when the studio was still seeking a writer to crack “The X-Men.” Although the author wrote an impassioned letter to the exec outlining his take on the story (a missive available on his Web site), he ultimately wasn’t selected for that project.

‘Tales’ for Miramax

Chabon’s short story collection, “Tales of Mystery and Imagination,” has been optioned under a first-look deal by Miramax, which also is developing a pic from Chabon’s just-published children’s novel, “Summerland.” Author is repped by David Colden, CAA and NY-based lit agent Mary Evans.

Rudin also has optioned the author’s next novel, “Hatzeplatz,” on the basis of a 1½-page proposal. Chabon will pen that adaptation.

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