I am sure Laura has seen something on this lately...kind of big hollywood news...
Spider-Man 4 seemed to be going through a lot of problems of sorts ever since they gave it the green light. Everyone was back on board for it, a scrip was approved, and a date even announced. Then a few days ago, we hear that it was pushed back, delayed, and finally postponed indefinitely....I think everyone was speculating that Sam Raimi (director) and Sony were fighting for creative control or whatever...which is what everyone also speculated happened in Spider-Man 3. Raimi didn't want Venom, but Sony forced it on him, making all of us suffer...most of all Spider-Man....
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.
Well...this might be the best thing to do actually, but we will see just how it gets rebooted....most people seem to get sick to their stomach's thinking about going through another origin story again. Should they just start back up where they left off, just with new actors, directors!!? I don't know. There are certainly several different angles that they could go about it. I hope that they don't go like MTV and get really crazy with the high school angle, but anything could be good if they are done in a correct way.
I was ok with the Raimi franchise of Spider-Man for the most part. (or was I?!) They had two really good movies, and the third one is always going to be questioned and/or ridiculed. I think that was Raimi's way to get back at Sony! I personally think that the second one was the strongest in the series, and I also think that they really missed out on something potentially bigger with the whole Harry and Peter angle. I was looking forward to that, but it never really happened they way I thought.
I think the success of The Dark Knight has caused some studios to rethink some of these comic movies. I think the trend now is to make them gritty, a little bit more realistic than they ever had been, and most of all, much more darker. I guess they could be pro's and con's for this, but hollywood is a copy cat business...well, I guess most things that are out to make a lot money are, right!?!
In any event, this stuff is never ever in our hands, so all you can do is hope for the best and see what the outcome brings. Spider-Man is going to get made no matter what. The character is much to popular and has made too much money for them to just drop it.
Anyhow, that is my two cents on the subject, any thoughts or concerns that you guys might have?!?!