Lately, the news concerning Spider-man 4 has been nothing, but bad news. Raimi and the studio both couldn’t decide on a script for the film. There is also backlash from fans who don’t want The Vulture as the villain, but want The Lizard.
Well, ever since the third installment fans have been screaming for a re-boot of the franchise, and it looks like they may get their wish. Sony just announced today that in 2012 the Spider-man franchise will be re-booted.
Thanks to ComingSoon:
“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.” 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.”
“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,”
I don’t think the series needs to be re-booted at all. So what? The third film was crap, but that doesn’t mean the studio should completely re-boot the franchise.
What should happen is Sony gives the rights back to Marvel/Disney and let them re-boot the films. Marvel has shown most recently that they care about their characters, and all that bullshit between Raimi and the studio probably would not have happen.
The only good thing I can think of that will come out of this is the villains. Think about Doc Ock could be in the Sinister Six now, and they can redo Venom.
I am glad to see that Raimi won’t be directing again. He did a magnificent job on the first two and now we need a new director, a new take. I just hope they don’t get a director that will kiss Sony’s ass, and do what they want to do.
To be completely honest with you, this re-boot is just a big “Fuck You” to Raimi from Sony. Sony could have easily just hired a new director and made “Spider-Man 4”, but chose to ignore what Raimi has already established. vengeance is for characters like Venom, not movie executives.
Are you glad that Spider-Man will be re-booted? Or is this a bad move on Sony’s part?