SPIDER-MAN Reboot Already Written; Film to be “Gritty, Contemporary”

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More details have arisen regarding today’s massive news that Sony would be scrapping Spider-Man 4, kicking out Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, et al., and rebooting the series.  EW reports that Sony wants “a more gritty, contemporary redo of the series,” and are focused on younger, up-and-coming directors.  I’m going to try and be optimistic and not take that to mean Sony wants someone who can make a good film, but more importantly won’t have enough weight to push any independent artistic decisions.

EW also reports that Sony was always aiming to reboot the series in 2012 no matter what, but they did want one last outing with Raimi, Maguire, and co.  This means that Sony just pushed up the timetable on setting up a crappy precedent where they don’t have to use over forty years of material from the comics, but can just keep redoing the series to suit the demographic with the most purchasing power at the time.  That’s why when Sony means Peter Parker is going back to high-school, it means they’re skewing towards the Twilight crowd because they know the fanboys will nut up, take it, and then complain about it after they’ve already paid x-amount of dollars to see it (most likely in 3D; Sony hasn’t announced that for this new movie, but it’s a safe assumption they’ll jump on that bandwagon as well).

Hit the jump for more details on the Spidey reboot story, including the status of the script, why Sony is rushing to get this film made, and when we can expect to hear who the new director and star of the series will be.

spider-man_2_movie_poster_02.jpgVariety explains that Sony must continue to actively develop the Spider-Man franchise or else the rights revert back to Disney/Marvel.  Knowing that along with their intended 2012 reboot, it should come as no surprise that James Vanderbilt’s (Zodiac) script for the new film is already written.  The story of the teenaged Peter Parker is now in preproduction with the announcement of the new director and star expected in the coming weeks.  I wish there were a way to measure the groans/outrage from fanboys when the young, unknown actor to be the new web-slinger is announced.

There’s very little hope to be found in this reboot mess, and I’m trying to movie myself to indifference and focus on projects that I may end up enjoying.  Maybe if they get a strong director on board or a young star who has real acting talent, I may not be as depressed writing about this new Spider-Man, but it’s hard to muster up any enthusiasm at such a rancid business move that cynically chooses to ignore the potential for better stories in order to water down the one we already saw and enjoyed.


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  • davidkovacs

    I completly agree. I hate this reboot, and would love to see Raimi come back and make a great end to his great movies. I think I speak for everyone when I say that I don't want to see another Spider-Man orgin story, or another Spider-Man movie at all. Sam Raimi made one of the best superhero movies of all time with Spider-Man 2, and for Sony to just ignore that and to reboot the franchise so soon just pisses me off!

  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    I dont share your massive distrust of this move. I will wait for more solid evidence that they are aiming at a Twilight audience (whatever that means) and are dicking the fan boys over. At this point, I am a fan of Vanderbilt and his previous scripts, especially Zodiac.

    We will see where this is headed, but I am just cautious, while you are overtly pessimistic. Cheer up though, Matt. We have Iron Man 2 to look forward to!

  • Brandon Avery

    I am truely hurt! Sony please don't do this! It is not too late! Sam Raimi did a fantastic job with Spiderman 2. There is so much you could do with spiderman 4 but now you're just throwing all that we have away. Venom, Carnarge, Lizard, Dr. Oct, green goblin, hob goblin, etc…

    This is the worst decision ever by sony!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#/Kinspin?ref=profile Kinspin

    10 dollars say that they will cast Micheal Cera or the Transformers guy

  • cdog4

    Its all DVD sales. I watched the first S-M, thought it was ok. Thats all for me watching the series. Why do a series reboot so soon, if ever? As the writer said, they are leaning to the Twilight groupies, but also to the High School Musical fanatics.

    I guarantee even if movies goers like us dont go, the ones that expect quality, there are going to be a mass of people (most likely girls) going to see spider-man take his shirt off. Face it, the average person doesn't care for good movie making!

  • http://www.youtube.com/gerantgerant gerant

    This is the most outrageously stupid decision Sony have ever made. DUMB.

  • joe_6285

    Let's wait and see who is the director and who is the spiderman.

  • http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#/Kinspin?ref=profile Kinspin

    Sadly this is true. People complained about Spider-Man taking off his mask, well have fun with his slow motion walking scenes.

  • Thiago

    A gritty Spider-man? Oh boy, now every superhero is Batman.

  • k0rrupt

    Rather disappointing news really, i wanted Raimi to have another crack to he can redeem himself in the eyes of some (not me, i still managed to enjoy some parts of SM3) but this feels wrong, it feels as if they're jumping on a bandwagon as most studios are and they have very little respect for the source

  • riesen2b

    That is exactly the same thing that I was thinking.

  • loudsss

    i really don't see how they can say a “gritty” spiderman, especially when they said spider man 3 was going to be “darker” and it was basically a barrel of laughs. just make a good movie, ok?

  • Smiley

    I for one am not interested in seeing Peter Parker back at school

  • debabratabiswas

    absolutely correct when u point out that they are targeting the 'twilight' crowd…not the comic book spidey fans…wish marvel could put their foot down on this & ensure strong content and direction….really is pathetic that they are rebooting within the decade…just hope that they take this seriously…may be get mr. Cameron on board ? remember he wrote a spidey treatment back in the early 90's…

  • debabratabiswas

    spot on ! why did Raimi get thrown out ? bcoz spidey wasnt the 'masked knight'….ie didnt cross billion dollars…

  • Dan

    The Raimi Spiderman movies are HORRIBLE. Just watched the first one over again today and couldn't sit through 10 minutes of it. Good job to Sony for realizing this.

  • sbester

    Raimi's movies were more kiddy friendly than Power Rangers. You're an idiot. I hope you're crying uncontrollably.

  • tonymatthews

    No Tobey = No Spider-Man! If Sony kicks out Sam & Maguire, then SM4 will be an epic fail!

  • samphao

    i don't understand why reboot this movie. i think should consequence next chapter…
    another guy how do you think?…………….

  • Jonathan Mohan

    Honestly – Raimi is a genius that had his hand forced to create the debacle of Spiderman 3 – look at Nolan's reboot of a Batman series gone astray …is there any better example of what it CAN do for a franchise??- Reboots can breathe new life into a dead franchise and no matter the amount of money Spiderman 4 would make, a reboot is expected – Hulk reboot was much much better, Fan 4 reboot is in the works – it's time Spidey gets a makeover and becomes a little darker, grimier and real – Give it a chance fanboys -

  • David

    This is absolute garbage. Most people were happy with the first two movies, give it some time, and maybe around 2016 if there's a push to reboot the series than go for it, but no one wants it now.

    When I read about this yesterday I was baffled by the stupidity of this decision, but now it all makes sense, as you said, if Sony doesn't keep working with it than Marvel gets it back and that scares the pants off the Sony execs. So now, since Sony isn't happy moving on we have to endure an endless slew of crap reboot sequels (and it'll definitely be crap with how rushed the project is).

  • Ryan

    Actually, David , I think Sony should just forget all about Spider-man and let Marvel take the helm instead. At that point we can add Spider-man to the universe that Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk created in movie form. (You know, like how they are all connected and leading up to the Avengers?)

  • http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#/Kinspin?ref=profile Kinspin

    Why fix something that isn't broken?

  • geoffrey gaebe

    Rumors go that Harry Potter actor Daniel radcliffe will be the next Spiderman and McG will be directing!

  • GtrDude

    I liked Raimi's work on the first two films, so ordinarily I think I would agree with this being a bad decision. However, with just about every bit of news I've been hearing about SM4 (John Malkovich as the Vulture? In my opinion, he has no acting range whatsoever), I've been less and less excited. As such, I'm somewhat happy about this new approach. As long as they don't dumb it down (and it doesn't sound like they are; I fail to see why “darker approach” equates to “Twilight audience”), I should be just fine.

  • hammonds

    The only glimmer of hope I have in this movie would be if they bring James Franco back from the dead which most likely won't happen and most likely the reboot will suck but I hope for the best.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    I liked how the Spiderman movies sort of filled the non-cynical gap in the Super Hero movie lineup. They were all uneven movies with #2 being the most balanced and confident. All three have embarrassing moments. (Power Ranger Goblin, etc.) As much as I wanted Raimi to redeem himself after 3, I could never muster up much interest in what 4 would offer.

    “Gritty” spiderman doesn't sound right, but a reboot has a ton of potential as far as I'm concerned. I'm looking forward to hearing more.

  • Lunatrix

    That's debatable, Spiderman 3 was a mess.

  • Michael

    They want creative control of the project so they can push horrid spin-offs on us. They will hire a director who will have no control over anything other than closely monitored shooting. They will hire a Disney-esque pretty boy to be Peter.

    As for Vandrbilt writing the script, I loved Zodiac too. However, remember that the guy who wrote Batman and Robin won a screenplay Oscar.

    This is just bad news for fans.

  • Michael

    Actually, the first two Spiderman films helped pave the way for Nolan's Batman. They both featured scientifically altered, not physically transformed, villains. Nolan definitely took it beyond that, but Raimi did the more “real world” thing first (much to the chagrin of some fans).

    Perhaps by grittier they just mean that Sony is going to make it darker by having Goblin actually be goblin-like, etc…. But either way, I don't see the “director” choice really meaning much. This film is going to be made by the suits at Sony with a director who won't get all grumpy if the script is horrible or the lead can't act or the villain Sony wants to get his own movie doesn't fit the story.

  • Lowchip

    I'm more a fan of Comic Books over movies so this reboot idea doesn't really bother me too much (comics are notorious for reboots and ret-conning)

    The problem I see is that Raimi's work was a very good adaption to the original comic book origins. But do to the whole thing again…it would literally look like the same script. You may be able to stick new villains and a new story in there, but the origins are the same which means the whole beginning of the film will be deja vu for us.

  • Lowchip

    I'm more a fan of Comic Books over movies so this reboot idea doesn't really bother me too much (comics are notorious for reboots and ret-conning)

    The problem I see is that Raimi's work was a very good adaption to the original comic book origins. But do to the whole thing again…it would literally look like the same script. You may be able to stick new villains and a new story in there, but the origins are the same which means the whole beginning of the film will be deja vu for us.

  • Michael

    There is no way the James Cameron thing will ever happen. Cameron is a notorious control freak and Sony wants control over this franchise. That is why Raimi is gone. I can't see them dumping the more reasonable for Raimi for the “King of the World.” (BTW, I love Cameron, love his films, etc…. but his temperment is well reported.)

    The whole point with this change is that Raimi wouldn't bend (as he sadly did on the third film) to the demands of studio suits without a creative bone in their bodies. If they hired Cameron, they would have a nightmare on their hands (albeit a great film to show for it in the end). The director will be a young figurehead.

  • Michael

    Radcliffe could actually pull it off if he ditched the accent. He's a better actor now than people give him credit for. However, he isn't tall enough.

    On the other hand, it makes perfect sense for Sony to turn Spidey over to the guy who killed the Terminator franchise with his reboot.

  • Spiny_Norman

    Seriously? James Franco? The man can't act. The reboot will likely suck, but bringing Franco back would just make things work. Jesus. James Franco being called in to save a movie. Now I've heard everything.

  • Patrick

    I just don't understand. Why Reboot? Raimi was doing a fine job. Yea Spidy 3 was not that good, but it was not that bad. It just had alot to live up to. I would rather Raimi do his 4th, or even a new solid director continue the series. There is so many directions you can go in. However, in my opinion going back to the beginning is boring and redundant and I refuse to spend money on it when its released. Even if it looks half decent.

  • http://www.sahv.com/ Stephen

    This is a movie that is just begging not to be made.
    Don't make it.
    We don't need another reboot.
    Darker != better
    'fess up, Sony, you abused and beat the series into the ground and now you are mercilessly forcing it to get up and trudge another 3 sequels.

  • http://heartlessexpulsion.wordpress.com/ Kaye

    Never will I watch a spiderman movie having Shia as main lead :p That's just insane…

    • spawn 96

      Andrew Garfield will play Spider man

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dG-4GZ1ytU WNShorts

    This article makes spider man cry.


  • Ryebread

    You better bet your sweet bippy that these are the names on that damn list: Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Zac Efron and Shia LaBeouf. And they're probably thinking about McG to direct because, you know, he just made that “gritty” “update” on the “Terminator” “series.”

    You know I'm right. And it will suck enormously.

  • Floster59

    this is just my two cents but really a reboot means they could get a new mary jane, kirsten dunst sucked as MJ…maybe they could actually create a gwen stacey who was a pivotal character and not used at all other than cannon fodder in SM3….maybe they can get an actor and director that can actually make spiderman….spiderman….cause mcguire had not humour or charisma or anything that even remotely made me think of spidey….he was a disgrace but sadly ppl forgot what his personality was supposed to be like…not enough jokes or quips or anything, just bland acting and bad delivery. dunst sucked in every which was, might as well got a camel high on coke and you would of gotten a better performance. really, we should look forward to things possibly going back to the basics….maybe more comic based…if not more reality based…in any case, i wanna see a new goblin…the sinister six….venom (done right) and and form of doc oc….raimi is done and so is the old cast, its sad but leaves things to be refreshed and revitalized….and maybe we can finally see that epic gwen death that actually meant something…..my only regret is that i had money placed on them killing of mary jane in the 4th movie and moving gwen in to be the big female character in spideys life….which would of put the comics community on its ass but it would of been a fantastic play

    • http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#/Kinspin?ref=profile Kinspin

      They can never do Venom right unless its played over two movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#/Kinspin?ref=profile Kinspin

    It could have been a lot worse. It wasn't the best movie on the decade but it was a lot better than plenty of shit I seen hollywood come up with.

  • Oli

    $1000 dollars says they wont
    they will undoubtedly cast a fresh face for this 'fresh' franchise

  • martin

    michael cera would be awful …and i like that transformer kiddo better but no one can compare them to tobey cause he brought so much depth to the character

  • cypress

    this is really bad news i dont want to see him go back to high school been there done that, plus theyll probably get a lousy actor to play spider-man.

  • Bah2501

    There has never been a spider-man tv show or movie I haven’t found enjoyable.

    Even the crazy one from the 60s or 70s was crazy-beans cool! It’s hard to mess up spider-man, especially with a predecessor like Sam Raimi showing how it can be done nowadays.

    I feel this pessimism is a bit overblown…

  • Matthew

    I don’t care if it’s a reboot!I just want a new Spiderman movie.Spiderman Rules!!!!!!!!

  • Ron J

    Why does it have to be a reboot? In fact…why have a bunch of recent movies/concepts done reboots so quickly after the “original”? There are a plethora of popular comic characters out there. Why would it be so horrid to work with another one?

  • Anonymous

    DOnt mind it at all…i watch the new spectacular spiderman and i enjoy that…my problem with 3 was bad editing and he was only in his black suit for 2 scenes for 5 min total…i wanted to see scenes like when he brought J.J. black spiderman pics

  • http://www.scottmosher.com/ Scott Mosher

    One of the most ridiculous things I’ve read in recent times.

    Here we go… Spiderman vs. Count Mobius, er… I mean Edward. This is possibly BEYOND Epic Fail… Intergalactic Fail! Please tell me this is from The Onion or The Weekly World News (RIP)… please!

    If this is indeed true, Hollywood has jumped the shark – creatively – and drank the Kool-Aid at the same time. I wouldn’t want to be 6º of anything from the fools who are in charge of this, producing this, directing this, writing this, or acting in this. Can you say “shot ourselves in the foot before we even pulled it out of our collective asses.”

    Truly makes the mind and wallet, boggle.

    Maybe they’ll remake AVATAR next year or here’s an even BETTER idea, let’s re-boot STAR TREK again JUST BECAUSE.

    Fucking fools.

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