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Sony Kills Spider-Man 4 Without Sam Raimi, Changes Premise to Reboot

Spider-Man 4 Is Dead, a New Younger Spidey Takes Its Place

Following recent script woes, Sony has announced via press release that it's pulling the plug on Spider-Man 4. In its place, they're developing a fresh storyline that takes the webslinger back to high school. The film will reportedly focus "on a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises" (wait, I thought that was the first Spider-Man?!).

The studio is eyeing a Winter 2012 date, but the other big change: it's bringing in a brand-new cast and production team for the reboot. That means that Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi are both saying goodbye.

This swap really irks me. To salvage Spider-Man 4's problems by recasting just seems like a desperate attempt at some blockbuster-sized money. Sure, the younger Spidey will give the franchise new life, but I think I would've rather seen it die — at least for several years until the memory of Maguire's version is long gone (heaven help us if they cast a less adept teen heartthrob for the role). Don't you agree? Or are you excited for a makeover of the beloved superhero?

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jhilly123 jhilly123 6 years
Noo, this sucks. I really like Tobey Maguire's protrayal of Spiderman. I think they have to wait a bit longer before doing a remake/recasting the role. And who in young Hollywood is really worthy of Maguire's role? I think Taylor Lautner's good looking and all, but I don't think he has the acting chops lol.
reesiecup reesiecup 6 years
I was surprised that everyone was on board for a Spiderman 4. It seemed like Dunst lost interest long ago. The movies were decent but perhaps it's best to leave it alone.
Akasha Akasha 6 years
It's pretty much what happened to The Vampire Lestate and why they combined two great books into one crappy movie. They were about to lose it back to Anne Rice, and she was going to charge them through the nose to get it back.
Akasha Akasha 6 years
I am willing to bet my paycheck that the studio has to have a film in production by a certain date or the rights revert back to the family or whomever hold the rights. The same thing is about to happen with Fantastic Four. If they don't start production by a certain date they lose the rights and have to pay for them all over again. And I'm willing to bet next weeks check that number would be significantly higher than what they paid last time. There is also the chance that they could run into a bidding war with other studios.
DeppObsession DeppObsession 6 years
I would hate it if they redid the series. It really sucks when Hollywood is just in it for the blockbuster glory. There really is no NEED for a new younger version.
Allyace Allyace 6 years
Agree. If they want to redo the series they should wait a few more years. Or maybe create a NEW super hero.
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