1/12/2010

The news just broke Monday morning on Deadline.com and was confirmed by Sony in a press release that afternoon: Spider-Man 4 will not be a sequel, but a reboot of the franchise without Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire or any other member of the current franchise. Apparently, Raimi said he couldn't maintain creative integrity and meet the release date. Sam raised with a pair of twos and Sony called his bluff, deciding just to drop the whole thing and start fresh. They already have an early script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on "a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises." Sony is calling the parting "bittersweet," but there's no word from Raimi and Raimi said he knows "they will do a terrific job". Tobey, who was tired of the films anyway, said he's "excited to see the next chapter unfold" without him.

I have mixed feelings about this, since I loved the first two films and loathed the third. Most likely, they'll take more cues from the Ultimate Spider-Man series which will only make it better. Here's my wish list for the reboot: Make Peter Parker really nerdy and goofy, including the glasses. Focus on modern problems that teenagers have like Facebook bullying and cellphone videos of Spider-Man. Hire an actor to play Parker that is really a teenager. Hire an actress to play Mary Jane that actually looks like a future model. Keep the mechanical web-shooters, since the organic ones in his wrists made even less sense. Don't bother trying to explain the wall-crawling, since we know it doesn't make sense. Tie the series into the movie Marvel universe by having "Wolverine" stop by to borrow a cup of sugar.

UPDATE: Sam Raimi came out with a statement late yesterday about leaving the franchise.

What do you think of Spider-Man without Raimi and Maguire? Let us know in the comments...
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Monkey Migraine said...

While I am disappointed by Raimi leaving, I can't say there wasn't room for improvement with his take on Spiderman. Reboots are the thing these days, and I do think a new version could improve on the original. And the Ultimate Spiderman series really does capture the flavor of the teenage Spiderman better than the adult version. But my concern is that the new direction will go the way of the studio, which means three villains all teaming up to defeat Spiderman, and all of them use toy-friendly weapons and vehicles. Get ready for the Venom-mobile! But let's give 'em a shot.

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Michelle Pendleton said...

I agree with Monkey Migraine - reboots are the new thing these days but most people take this reboots as a way to earn money using old material, well in fact the reason why series and concepts are rebooted because they want to modernize the whole franchise. Now I don't see any point in rebooting something that's still fresh. Streaming the trilogy online for free, I can see that Raimi did well compared to other comic-book directors recently. Like Monkey Migraine, I can't say there's no need for improvement but he's not doing a bad job either. I'll make sure to look out and watch this reboot along with other movies just because they are probably connected with the Avengers 2012 movie.

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