Spider-Man Movie News
August 19, 2009
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Little pieces of news are coming up regarding the future of the Spider-Man film franchise. Spider-Man 4 has yet to hit production, but Sony Pictures has already hired James Vanderbilt to write the scripts for Spider-Man 5 and 6. Vanderbilt wrote the original script for Spider-Man 4, which goes into production early next year and is set for a May 6th, 2011 release date. Sam Raimi reportedly didn’t “embrace” all of Vanderbilt’s ideas, which prompted a rewrite by David Lindsay-Abaire. Gary Ross is now rewriting that script. Executives at Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios like Vanderbilt’s work, and he is now in charge of the 5th and 6th films, which will reportedly have an interconnecting storyline.
What worries me about this is the fact that Sam Raimi was not sold on the script for Spidey 4 as it was written. I think Raimi has done a really good job with the franchise and has probably learned his lesson after letting the producers and studio interfere too much in Spider-Man 3. If Raimi is not on board, then I’m concerned. That being said it seems as though there is a commitment to getting things right as shown by giving the other writers a chance to clean up the script.
As of now, its uncertain whether Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire or Kirsten Dunst will return for Spider 5 and 6. Dunst is not a big loss because as far as I’m concerned she’s been a waste in the franchise. The Spider-Man films without Raimi worries me a bit. That would be like doing another Batman film without Christopher Nolan. By far what could hurt the most is the loss of Tobey Maguire. He’s fairly well pegged down the role and made it his own. That being said I can see the tradeoff for why it would be okay to move the franchise on without him. Look at Maguire at the beginning of Spidey 1 and at the end of Spidey 3. He’s aged a good deal and I’m not sure how much longer he can pull of the early 20’s Peter Parker. I just wish they hadn’t cast Topher Grace as Eddie Brock as I think he would have made a fantastic Peter Parker.
Finally, the last thing to note with this news is that Spidey 5 and 6 will be interconnected with a story spanning between the 2 films. Honestly, I think this is pretty exciting. This could lead to some interesting twists and the time to have more than one villain on screen for Spidey to face. The biggest problem with Spidey 3 was that there was not enough time for both Venom and Sandman. Also, there is talk that Spidey 5 & 6 could be used to reboot the franchise if all the big players leave after Spider-Man 4. If thats the case I really hope that they are able to bring the reboot of Spidey in line with the current crop of Marvel movies that take place in the same universe. Some Iron Man and Spidey interaction would be pretty sweet.