David Fincher Reveals What He Had Planned for His Take on SPIDER-MAN

     December 19, 2011

After Sony scrapped Spider-Man 4, effectively ending director Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire’s run with the character, the studio moved quickly to assemble a reboot in order to keep the franchise alive. Sony put together a shortlist of directors to take over the job, and while Marc Webb eventually ended up with the gig, David Fincher was apparently on Sony’s list (he was also considered to direct the first Spider-Man). The director is currently doing the press rounds for his latest effort The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but he recently took a moment to talk about what his vision of Spider-Man would have looked like. It’s pretty fantastic, and I suggest you hit the jump to see what he had to say.

david-fincher-imageSpeaking with io9, Fincher revealed his big issue with the Spider-Man character and talked about what his iteration would have entailed:

“My impression what Spider-Man could be is very different from what Sam [Raimi] did or what Sam wanted to do. I think the reason he directed that movie was because he wanted to do the Marvel comic superhero. I was never interested in the genesis story. I couldn’t get past a guy getting bit by a red and blue spider. It was just a problem… It was not something that I felt I could do straight-faced. I wanted to start with Gwen Stacy and the Green Goblin, and I wanted to kill Gwen Stacy.”

And just how exactly would Fincher have set up Stacy’s death? With an elaborate, operatic title sequence of course:

“The title sequence of the movie that I was going to do was going to be a ten minute — basically a music video, an opera, which was going to be the one shot that took you through the entire Peter Parker [backstory]. Bit by a radio active spider, the death of Uncle Ben, the loss of Mary Jane, and [then the movie] was going to begin with Peter meeting Gwen Stacy. It was a very different thing, it wasn’t the teenager story. It was much more of the guy who’s settled into being a freak.”

While wildly different than what Raimi did (and presumably Webb as well), it’s an interesting take on the character. I’ve always wondered what a David Fincher superhero movie would look like, and now we finally have an idea.

Steve recently sat down with Fincher as well, and if you missed any of his interviews I highly suggest you check them out. For his detailed answer on which of the Star Wars films is his favorite and why he won’t ever go back and alter any of his movies, click here. For updates on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Cleopatra, and his Netflix series House of Cards, click here.

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