Last week Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire both signedon for Spider-Man 4, agreeing to return to a franchiseleft very much in a state of flux after 2007's bloated Spider-Man 3.
The comic book movie landscape has changedconsiderably since the last time Maguire donned the signature red-and-bluetights, thanks to this summer's game-changing blockbusters Iron Manand The Dark Knight. How will the Web-Slinger respond?Will Spider-Man 4 follow the genre's shift toward darkerthemes, or will it buck the trend and go in a different direction? And whichvillain -- or villains -- will Spidey face?
Spider-Man 4 isn't scheduledto begin shooting until next fall, but it's never too early to startspeculating. Check out our look at the future of Spider-Man. Posted 09.13.08 by reelz
Deadline Hollywood Daily’s lovably caustic NikkiFinke has emerged with a scoop that should have fanboys doing cartwheels all weekend:director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire will indeed be returning forSpider-Man 4. What’s more, Sony is seriously considering shooting the fourth andfifth Spidey flicks back-to-back because the strategy is “so cost effective.” Shootingwill likely begin next fall.
Interestingly, Finke notes that while Sony iscommitted to bringing back the Mary Jane Watson character for the upcoming sequels, they’veyet to sign a deal with troubled star Kirsten Dunst, who portrayed the character in the first three Spider-Man flicks. If producers do indeed decide to replace her, we hear Maggie Gyllenhaal might be available... Posted 09.05.08 by reelz
Spider-Man 4 may not have a director, cast, or start date just yet, but those into planning ahead can go ahead and reserve a first hand look at the flick via Ebay's "Stand Up to Cancer" Auction.
Bidding concludes on September 5th and the current high bid is $5,501.99.
So what does $5 grand or more get you? A visit to the set of Spider-Man 4 if and when the movie is greenlit, a meet and greet with the as-yet-unannounced cast, a walk-on roll in the film, a trip to the New York City premiere, designer outfits for the premiere and a walk on the red carpet. Added to that, you can feel good about contributing to cancer research and probably even score a nice tax deduction.
The auction is tied into the live, commercial free event on ABC, CBS and NBC this Friday, September 5th to benefit the "Stand Up to Cancer" cause featuring live performances, special celebrity appearances and segments exploring the cutting-edge cancer research currently being conducted. Posted 09.02.08 by reelz
It has been a great summer for superhero and comic book movies and we can't help but be reminded of the series that paved the way for the now popular genre, Spider-Man. Information on the fourth installment has been sparse, but we were given a chance to speak to Sam Raimi about his possible role in the much anticipated Spider-Man 4.
Right now, I know Columbia Pictures is definitely making a fourth one, and the writer is writing a screenplay, and I'll definitely be involved as a producer, and I'm very excited that they are going to show me the screenplay, I hope, when they're done. I don't want to be presumptuous and I hope [they] consider me as the director for it.
When asked about the possibility of the cast returning for the film, he had this to say.
Well, that would be the directors choice. Let me see, first, if the project comes my way before I am presumptuous. But I couldn't imagine... if I was involved I would definitely bring the cast back.
Will Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst be back? We will have to wait and see. Posted 07.31.08 by reelz
Dailies -- on ReelzChannel TV weekdays 6 PM ET -- sat down with Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee and got an update on Spider-Man 4 including insight into the top villain candidates. Posted 07.09.08 by Dack
It's been all quiet on the Spider-Man 4 front since director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire reportedly opted to bow out of the franchise after Spider-Man 3. Today, however, the folks at Cinematical are reporting that Zodiac scribe James Vanderbilt has handed in a draft for the fourth chapter of the Webslinger's saga that includes a story arc for a fifth film as well. The studio apparently liked the idea so much that they're contemplating shooting Spider-Man 4 and 5 back-to-back, Lord of the Rings-style.
No story details from the script or its story arc have been leaked as of yet. Let's just hope that they take care to ration their villains so that there are some available for Spider-Man 6. Spidey creator Stan Lee has gone on record saying he'd like to see the Lizard in the next film, while I remain partial to The Rhino -- if only to see a grown man dressed up in a giant rhinoceros suit.
Who would you like to see take on Spidey in the next flick? Posted 05.16.08 by reelz
Variety is reporting that two of Kirsten Dunst's former romantic pursuers, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire, could be teaming up as co-stars in Jim Sheridan's Brothers.
The news is doubly awkward considering that the two actors often compete for the same roles and it has been long-since known that Gyllenhaal was slated to replace Maguire prior to Spider-Man 2 shooting when Maguire claimed a back injury as a purported salary negotiation tactic. In fact, Gyllenhaal is once-again rumored to be the chief candidate to take over the web-slinging role in Spider-Man 4, a part Maguire has already claimed he has no interest in.
Brothers is a remake of the Danish drama by filmmaker Susanne Bier. The story revolves around two brothers, one sent off to war in Afganistan (Maguire) while the other (Gyllenhaal), the black sheep of the family, cares for his wife and child.
The remake is being penned by David Benoiff. Jim Sheridan (In America, In the Name of the Father, Get Rich or Die Tryin').
No word yet on who will play "The Girl" in Brothers, but maybe Maguire can get his off-set revenge on Gyllenhaal and snag her? Nah, we're still betting on Jake. Posted 09.18.07 by reelz
Marvel Comics living legend Stan Lee has chimed in with his opinion regarding the next installment of the Spider-Man franchise. In an interview with Gerrad Hall of ReelzChannel's Dailies, Lee suggested that The Lizard would be the logical choice as the next villain to take on the webslinger.
According to Marvel lore, The Lizard was once a highly skilled Army surgeon named Curt Connors. Connors, who had lost an arm to a grenade blast while attending to an injured soldier, inadvertently transformed into a reptilian beast after ingesting a formula designed to regenerate his missing limb.
Dylan Baker played the pre-Lizard Connors in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. Posted 05.16.07 by reelz
Undaunted by Spider-Man 3's disappointing $148 million weekend take, Sony is pushing ahead with plans to produce three more Spider-Man movies, BBC News reports.
At this point, it's unclear what Spider-Man fans can expect from the webslinger in the next three films. Having already vanquished all of the franchise's coolest bad guys, Spidey will likely be taking on lower-tier villains like Oldface, The Auditor, Pigeon-Man and Frank. Posted 05.07.07 by reelz