Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Spider-Man 4 No More...

A little late to the party with this info but if you hadn't heard the proposed 4th Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie has now been canned in favour of a reboot by Sony Pictures.

Not only will Sam Raimi no longer have anything to do with the new movie/ movies but Tobey Maguire and the rest of the original cast we've watched in the last 3 movies are out too.

Sony are going back to the drawing board with Spidey and will take the Iron-Man route of making everything more slick and believable than the Marvel movies that have come before it.

It's funny that only days ago John Malkovich stated on an Italian talk show that he'd been confirmed as the Vulture in the 4th outing and now the whole thing it out the window... My biggest disappointment isn't the loss of Tobey, Kirsten, John or any of those guys, but rather that we won't get to see the mighty Bruce Campbell finally rise to the occasion as a Spidey foe. I would have loved to have seen him as Mysterio if it had all gone forward, pie in the sky now of course.

The whole production had been facing setbacks and problems for months and although everyone was in denial about it all being shut down Sony finally hammered the final nail in the coffin giving this statement the other day:

“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."

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