By Dave Campbell | January 11, 2010
And now for our second Spider-Man story of the day…
When production finally begins and the fourth Spider-Man film finally hits theaters in late 2012, Toby Maguire won’t be Peter Parker, and Sam Raimi will not have the directorial credit. Sony has decided to go a new direction and cut loose the very ingredients that gave them huge success times 3. In fact, the new film will be a reboot with Peter back in high school based on a script by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac).
With differences looming between Sony and Raimi in recent months, and after getting burned by Sony for going against his own instincts on Spider-Man 3, Raimi has been holding off on Spider-Man 4 until he received a script and story structure that he could invest in. This was apparently not what Sony wanted, and this can actually go down in history as an actual event of “creative differences”.
Below is a rather gracious statement that Raimi issued this afternoon following the release from Sony:
“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.”
I personally think that Sony is making a huge mistake by taking these actions and wish that they would let the franchise rest a while since fans still have these very current films fresh on their minds.
At any rate, what do you guys think about all of this? Who would make a good Peter, and who should direct? Leave your comments below and stay tuned for the rumors like Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, and Anton Yelchin are all in talks to play Peter Parker.
My Spider Sense is not tingling.