October 7, 2010
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I haven’t had the chance to go over my issues regarding the Spider-Man movie reboot (and believe you me, I have issues) but there is some new casting news that has popped up. Rumors had come up on the internet stating that Emma Stone had been cast in the new Spidey movie. Those of you who have seen Zombieland and Superbad are probably familiar with the actress. Common sense was that she had been cast to play the role of Mary Jane Watson and that the role of Gwen Stacy was still available. Turns out that common sense was wrong in this case. Emma Stone will be playing the role of Gwen Stacy in the upcoming reboot of the Spider-Man movies.
I’m not particularly upset or annoyed by this news, mostly just confused as most of the roles Emma Stone have played have seemed closer to a Mary Jane Watson type personality not Gwen Stacy. Hopefully I’m proven wrong and she is able to pull off the girl next door role. One of the interesting things that Sony Pictures has been mentioning is that Stone is in fact a natural blonde so she is suited for the role. If thats one of your casting arguments you might want to rethink some of your press statements Sony. So what do you all think, can Emma Stone pull of the role of Gwen Stacy, does she look like how you envisioned Gwen to look?
January 11, 2010
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Yes you read the subject line right. Sony issued a press release today stating that the Spider-Man movie franchise would be rebooted. The new movie series will feature a young Peter Parker still in High School.
Have no fear, a rant article will be going up on Wednesday to discuss this topic. Right now I’m still a little shocked at this decision by Sony Pictures. I guess they really weren’t happy with Sam Raimi’s vision of Spidey for the next film.
Below is a copy of the press release issued by Sony Pictures. To be honest, I’m hoping its a prank.
Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012.
Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today they are moving forward with a film based on a script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises.
The new chapter in the “Spider-Man” franchise produced by Columbia, Marvel Studios and Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will have a new cast and filmmaking team. Spider-Man 4 was to have been released in 2011, but had not yet gone into production.
“A decade ago we set out on this journey with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire and together we made three ‘Spider-Man’ films that set a new bar for the genre. When we began, no one ever imagined that we would make history at the box-office and now we have a rare opportunity to make history once again with this franchise. Peter Parker as an ordinary young adult grappling with extraordinary powers has always been the foundation that has made this character so timeless and compelling for generations of fans. We’re very excited about the creative possibilities that come from returning to Peter’s roots and we look forward to working once again with Marvel Studios, Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin on this new beginning,” said Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
“Working on the ‘Spider-Man’ movies was the experience of a lifetime for me. While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job,” said Sam Raimi.
“We have had a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration and friendship with Sam and Tobey and they have given us their best for the better part of the last decade. This is a bittersweet moment for us because while it is hard to imagine Spider-Man in anyone else’s hands, I know that this was a day that was inevitable,” said Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, who has served as the studio’s chief production executive since the beginning of the franchise. “Now everything begins anew, and that’s got us all tremendously excited about what comes next. Under the continuing supervision of Avi and Laura, we have a clear vision for the future of Spider-Man and can’t wait to share this exciting new direction with audiences in 2012.”
“‘Spider-Man’ will always be an important franchise for Sony Pictures and a fresh start like this is a responsibility that we all take very seriously,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures. “We have always believed that story comes first and story guides the direction of these films and as we move onto the next chapter, we will stay true to that principle and will do so with the highest respect for the source material and the fans and moviegoers who deserve nothing but the best when it comes to bringing these stories and characters to life on the big screen.”
The studio will have more news about Spider-Man in 2012 in the coming weeks as it prepares for production of the film.
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.