James Vanderbilt Hired to Write Spider-Man 5 & 6
08.17.09 by BJSprecher
While it's still unclear whether stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, who play Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson respectively, will be returning after the fourth installment of Spider-Man — or even if director Sam Raimi will be on board — Sony Pictures Entertainment is moving forward with plans for Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6. It was just announced that Sony has hired James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) to write the next two installments in the wall-crawler's franchise.
Sony will begin production of Spider-Man 4 in early 2010 for a May 2011 release, with Raimi shooting from a twice-rewritten Spider-Man 4 script. Vanderbilt was the first writer to work on that script, but Raimi was rumored to have been unhappy with it and hired David Lindsay-Abair to do rewrites. Apparently Lindsay-Abair didn't get it quite right either, because Gary Ross was then brought in to perform a second rewrite. Considering the length of time needed to produce movies like this, it's possible that Vanderbilt's scripts for Spider-Man 5 and 6 are intended to relaunch the franchise, though that's just what's rumoured.