With Sony starring as Stormin’ Norman/Green Goblin of course….
“Spider-Man 4″, which has had significant problems between Sony and director Sam Raimi concerning the story as of late, has been completely canned for a “reboot” of the movie series. Ain’t It Cool News linked to their sources of Nikke Finke and Mike Fleming (article here) reporting that since Raimi couldn’t make the release date with the movie he wanted to film Sony decided to pull the plug and relaunch the series. That means a new web-slinger and supporting cast of actors as well. After the story broke Sony sent out a press release that said:
“Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012.”
Hopefully we won’t get another origin out of this and Sony will realize that they can just jump into a great story. Going back to high school and ignoring the first three movies is kinda “One More Day”ish which REALLY won over fans with its retconning of more than a years worth of issues and the marriage to MJ. While losing Raimi/Maguire is a big deal, it’s not the end of the world. We all saw how “Spider-Man 3″ ended up with an unhappy Raimi at the wheel, so MAYBE this will be for the best. But I also think that the studio stepped in and forced some of what we saw with the third movie. I mean there are plenty of great ways to do another Spider-Man franchise seeing how the character has the second best stable of villians, just slightly behind Batman. The press release wasn’t specific on a date other than “Summer 2012.” I personally would love to see a “Kraven’s Last Hunt” on the big screen, but that’s just me. Best wishes to Raimi, Maguire, and company, for their part in reviving Hollywood’s interest in comics and for making us believe a nerd can swing.
Hit the jump for the full Sony press release.
Culver City, CA (January 11, 2010) — 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.”