Spider-Man 4 definitely in trouble

Villains war rages on...

 

Over Christmas, reports ran rampant that Spider-Man 4 was having problems.

Now those rumours have been all-but confirmed by Hollywood insider Nikki Finke on her blog.

Verifying that issues with the film’s villains are to blame, Nikki published an email sent out to the visual effects team that stated “Sam Raimi has story issues [that] need to be resolved before we are ready to shoot”.

Apparently, Raimi and Sony are still at loggerheads over who should be the villain (or villains) in the fourth Spidey flick. The script is currently being given another overhaul by screenwriter Alvin Sargent, who penned the first two web-slinging outings.

Nikki added: “Raimi and Sony are anxiously waiting for still another version from screenwriter Alvin Sargent, who wrote Spidey 2 & 3 and is married to Spidey franchise producer Laura Ziskind.”

Meanwhile, an insider has stated that it’s unlikely the film’s original release date of May 11, 2011 will be made (though take that one with a pinch of salt).

Really, you can’t blame Raimi for wanting to get this right. Spider-Man 3 came under fire for its convoluted plotting, mostly thanks to its over-abundance of villains. So it’s vital that this aspect of the fourth film is done right.

This kind of thing happens in Hollywood all the time. More importantly, Sony know how much of a money-grabber the Spider-Man franchise is, so they’ll want to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.

Let’s just hope Raimi doesn’t walk before that happens.

Which villain(s) do you want to see in Spidey 4? Tell us below...
 

Comments

    • Benmorse

      Jan 6th 2010, 10:07

      thank God for that. The stench of megafail was upon "she-Vulture". I imagine Raimi is aware of fanboy rage to a degree, knowing the stories as he does, and doesn't see any need to bugger about with perfectly good characters. So hooray that he's insisting on re-writes. Now for God's sakes keep it down before Akiva Goldsman hears you.

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 6th 2010, 14:34

      Raimi needs to go he made a mess with #3 and his ideas for the 4th film are terrible.

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 6th 2010, 14:34

      Oh and it's obvious who the villain should be. The Lizard !!!!!!!!!

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    • MadMatt

      Jan 6th 2010, 14:55

      Ali1748 - The STUDIO made a mess with #3, forcing Raimi to work with a character he had no interest in. When he had more creative freedom, he gave us two of the best superhero movies ever made. Considering he is the one who has had to suffer through all the insults on messageboards from irate fanboys, you can't blame him for digging his heels in and refusing to shoot until there is a decent script to work from this time.

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 6th 2010, 15:35

      Yes of course because it's such a burden to have Venom as a Villain in one of your spiderman movies. Only someone odd like Raimi would have no interest in Venom.

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    • MadMatt

      Jan 6th 2010, 21:03

      It's a burden on any filmmaker to be forced to do something they don't want to do with characters they aren't interested in, regardless of what anyone else thinks of them. If they wanted to hire Raimi they should also have given him the freedom to make the film he wanted to make. If not, part ways and get someone who did want to make a movie with the character the studio was adamant on.

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    • metalgatesolid

      Jan 6th 2010, 21:04

      Lets be honest, Venom in Spiderman 3 was rubbish!!!! How about a proper kick a*s Venom!!!!!!

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Jan 7th 2010, 20:02

      Agreed, the Venom in Spidey 3 was awful. Lizard would so rock as the next villain, given that Raimi pretty much set him up for it in the first 2 films.

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    • Raybros

      Jan 9th 2010, 15:56

      Here's an idea; Hob Goblin (the actual Hob Goblin) or Carnage, Venom (Remade somehow and closer to the original, correcting the problems of the 3rd), Lizard or bring back one of his best villains Doc Oc somehow

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    • Raybros

      Jan 9th 2010, 16:02

      actually sinister six wouldn't be that bad an idea, as long as they used: Hob Goblin, Doc Ock, Sandman, Lizard, and two small new villains just so they can be beaten up :)

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