Spider-Man 4 hits reset button

No Raimi. No Maguire. No Dunst...


Oh dear, we thought it might come down to this.

After weeks of rumour, heated debate and constant speculation over the future of Spider-Man 4, Sony Pictures have officially announced that they will be rebooting the Spider-Man franchise with the fourth web-slinging flick.

Apparently using a pre-existing script by James Vanderbilt, the next Spidey film will return Peter Parker to his teen roots and follow him as he grapples with his super-powers in a high school setting.

And here’s the thing. All of the franchise’s pre-existing contributors – y’know, the ones primarily responsible for making the films so successful – have been dumped. Seems Sony and Sam Raimi just couldn’t agree on where to go with Spidey 4 after all.

Sony boss Amy Pascal had this to say in a press release:

“A decade ago we set out on this journey with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire and together we made three Spider-Man films that set a new bar for the genre.

“When we began, no one ever imagined that we would make history at the box-office and now we have a rare opportunity to make history once again with this franchise.

“Peter Parker as an ordinary young adult grappling with extraordinary powers has always been the foundation that has made this character so timeless and compelling for generations of fans.

“We’re very excited about the creative possibilities that come from returning to Peter's roots.”

With great power comes great responsibility, Ms Pascal. We can’t say that we’re massively surprised by this about-turn; we were already concerned that the extended talks, paired with Raimi’s inability to compromise on his passion project, would end up getting pretty fiery.

But this seems like a bit of a slap in the director’s face. Were things really that bad? Guess we’ll never know.

Can you swing with a rebooted Spidey? Think it’s a cop-out? Tell us below.


    • Ali1748

      Jan 12th 2010, 8:12

      A reboot is a stupid idea. Just patch things up with Raimi Sony and replace Kirsten Dunst.

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    • raydar13

      Jan 12th 2010, 8:36

      worst idea I ever heard, who wnats him back in high schooland with a new castand director to boot!? no thanks, Cant see the logic in this at all.

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    • BenCh

      Jan 12th 2010, 8:42

      ali748: Can you come and fix my boiler too please?

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    • weejok

      Jan 12th 2010, 8:51

      Far too soon for a reboot Sony!! We all know how it all began so why go back to the beginning again? There is no need to tell the same story again when Sam Raimi and Cast did it so well, I hope this bombs!

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 12th 2010, 8:56

      Reboots seem to be the only answer these studio execs come up with.

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    • theGlimmerTwin

      Jan 12th 2010, 9:04

      *sigh* All abut pointless really. I worry Sony have looked at it too financially, they can likely pay less for a new cast and make a bigger margin should the film not bomb rather than re-employ the old cast and spans more on a potential bomb...

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    • bogman2099

      Jan 12th 2010, 9:13

      too soon sony should realise that its franchise can still be saved without a reboot, i mean c'mon its not in batman and robin territory ,is it?

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    • scarter2000

      Jan 12th 2010, 9:17

      Oh sony, sony, sony... You're all pillocks.

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    • whateverman

      Jan 12th 2010, 9:43

      I'm really dissapointed in sony

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    • Toby907

      Jan 12th 2010, 10:21

      This blows, i liked the first three other than them killing off hob goblin, green goblin, doc oc, and venom, i like james franco especially as harry, and if your rebooting why call it four, just fix it, make the fourth ones fix all the problems in the first three, bring peter back with mj, and fix the villians, oh yeah and the kid you plays eric foreman in that 70s show as venom cmon venom was eddie brock a big football player not a whiny little punk just saying

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    • DanRose

      Jan 12th 2010, 12:30

      The first was ok, the second one better and the third pretty poor. Go on then Sony I dare you to start again and make it darker.... none of this crappy emo kid getting upset or dodgy villains. Lets go for scary and intense and give the part to Aaron Johnson

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    • Andyvalver

      Jan 12th 2010, 12:38

      Forget this spiderman nonesense and make us a new superman :P

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    • Trojansi

      Jan 12th 2010, 13:10

      Bet John Malchovich is p********f!

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    • MadMatt

      Jan 12th 2010, 13:38

      By mentioning Aaron Johnson you may have inadvertently exposed why going back to the high-school origin story is a terrible idea. Kick a*s clearly draws parallels with Spider-Man's origin (minus the fantasical spider bite) and as such will soon render that idea and approach irrelevent. Seriously, there is no reason why we can't allow the character to age in real time and follow him through other stages in his life. But then they wouldn't be able to cast that frowny shirtless twerp from the Twilight movies who looks like he has an inch missing from the middle of his face.

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    • jenningspj

      Jan 12th 2010, 14:47

      i watched an interview with tobey maguire yesterday and he sed they were still aiming for a 2011 release i think this story is bull

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    • casinoheat

      Jan 12th 2010, 15:25

      I dont like the idea of going back to school, but if they get a good director it might be interesting to see a different take on Spider-Man. We might finally see David Finchers Spider-Man, fingers crossed

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    • daz8778

      Jan 12th 2010, 17:20

      this is probably gonna be really bad, wait for the zac effron rumours they are on there way....

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    • klaatu76

      Jan 12th 2010, 20:56

      NO NO NO NO NO NO NO We've had the origin story and it was great! We don't need it again!!

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    • Aberskene

      Jan 13th 2010, 11:56

      WOW!!! They tend to wait at least 25 years before remaking a movie.(and most tend to be guff!) This is a new low for the studios. What's next, a REBOOT of Avatar in 2015?!?!? Chumps!

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    • NickyC

      Jan 13th 2010, 17:02

      WHAT THE F*CK?! New director, new stars, new story ... FINE! REBOOT? F*CK OFF! I say jump FORWARD! What's Peter like later in life? Has MJ left him? Does he have kids? How does he juggle increasing responsibility? Is he an alcoholic? Does he become increasingly detached as the spider DNA takes over? There are so many ripe ways to take it forward. Teenagers are boring, self-involved and naive. I want to Peter in his mid-late thirties i.e. Toby Macguire's age!

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    • spacemonkey1310

      Jan 13th 2010, 21:48

      This is the great news. I thought the first three films were badly cast and generally shocking. It was hard to take when the green goblin was turned into a power ranger, the sandman is convinced not to keep trying to kill Spidey and to just blow away instead. I could even overlook Eddie Brock being transformed from a muscle bound sociopath to a weedy guy who got irked because he was caught cheating. But when emo Peter did a song and dance routine that was pretty much it for me. This can only be a good thing. Especially if they follow the Ultimate story lines.

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    • Sione25

      Jan 13th 2010, 23:35

      I agree fully with spacemonkey. This is the best thing that could happen to this series because despite box office success the films somehow managed to turn the most well written superhero into mr bean in a costume, please follow the example of iron man and make a decent film that both fanboys and everyone else will love.

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    • Hanley

      Jan 14th 2010, 3:04

      Looks like everyone is trying to go the same route as Batman and Bond! Personally I think the Spider-man character could be a lot more interesting than has been. Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina were the only castings I agreed with over the 3 movies so I say dump the entire cast. I'm not looking forward to seeing Parker back in high school cos I don't think much can be done with that area. But I think this may be a good thing. Re-vamp the franchise and edit out the sole appeal to Nickelodeon audiences. Sam Raimi should stick to what his brilliant at; slapstick horror. I REALLY wasn't looking forward to Raimi helming the next one with none other than Morbius as the villain? If Chris Nolan was taking tips from Raimi he'd be casting Man-Bat as the major villain in the rumoured next Batman movie.

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    • Supadoop

      Jan 15th 2010, 11:18

      Why don't we just chuck in a few Vampires while we're at it?

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    • Argentus

      Jan 15th 2010, 12:55

      Dude Morbius is The Living Vampire

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    • Siban1982

      Jan 15th 2010, 13:38

      Hollywood know how to do it don't they? Idiots. I don't see what's wrong with continuing from where the last one left off and I personally think it's a great thing that Raimi isn't coming back, his style was getting tiresome and Maguire and Dunst just annoyed me by the third film. I would be interested in seeing James Cameron's script (if he wrote it) way back when he was good.

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    • wasmccabe

      Jan 15th 2010, 13:50

      Could be interesting if it's done properly. As long as they don't go all Smallville on us! If they choose their director and cast well, it could turn out pretty good. With the amount of different storylines, timelines, writers, etc. in the actual comics, taking a new road with the films could actually fall in line with the source material quite nicely. Do another trilogy, then reboot again with a different angle. It's just down to finding the right director (they made a great choice first time round), and cast (I wasn't a huge fan of the original cast anyway).

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    • mpischak

      Jan 15th 2010, 13:58

      This is quite possibly the worst idea I have ever heard! I thought the people running NBC were the dumbest out there and Sony does something like this. I my experience, I always reach back to very popular saying: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Sure, Spidey 3 had its problems, but it was still entertaining and made a lot of money. It simply lost some of its older viewers. Raimi, Maguire and the writers could have easily bounced back from that. This will be the end of the franchise. The last few times this was done? Failure! Batman Forever, Batman and Robin? Batman Begins and The DArk Knight, are the only exceptions.

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    • jimmycasino

      Jan 15th 2010, 15:34

      What a bad idea. But hey, they may get venom right this time....

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    • Nickey09

      Jan 15th 2010, 17:35

      First two of the same "Hulk" movies and now this? How dumb do they thing the movie-going public is?

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    • Rambo

      Jan 15th 2010, 19:48

      I bet you the title will be 'The Spider-Man', hust a thought. And if they get someone like Chris Nolan in, not necessarilly Chris Nolan but someone to make this franchise a bit more realistic. Like for example, one of the Batman films, I can't remember which one, one of the c**p ones, well did you see how he killed two-face?!? Stupid, and then in came Nolan :D. And a new Peter Parker, Maguire's c**p. So, a new realistic director, a new Parker and some realistic villains and villain deaths.

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    • jolopity

      Jan 16th 2010, 0:19

      what a load of spidey s**te! sony your makin a stick to break your own back with guys....now stop arsing about and make spidey 4 like you should! Raimi in charge, no more emo-spidey(that was just embarassing!)and get some kick-a*s bad guys back into the story!

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    • SamaElPrime

      Jan 16th 2010, 14:55

      Great, first vampires go teenagers now Spider-Man joins the club!... man, will you stop the superhuman love stories already?

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    • SonicAssassin64

      Jan 17th 2010, 22:50

      It's about time. I've been waiting for a total REBOOT for some time. Sam Raimi did a great job with the first two films but it's time to move to a realistc treatment of the web slinger and have more of an adult tone to the script just like the comic books have been for the last 25 years or so. For those who are whining and moaning, just remember that over the last four decades we've had many different writers and artists contributing to MARVEL'S Amazing Spiderman comic book, the original inspiration and source for this franchise. I don't know of any comic book readers who complain when a new creative team is assigned to work on the title. It's part and parcel of the storytelling process and should be no different with the film-making process. The film industry has many directors, writers and actors who are just as PROFESSIONAL and COMPETENT as the previous film makers before them. Give them a chance to provide us with a spectacular blockbuster. My only concern is that Sony will attempt to soley aim this film at the teen market in an attempt to cash in as much as possible. A "Twilght" Spiderman is defintely NOT the way to go. The sooner MARVEL STUDIOS obtain the rights to Spiderman the better.

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    • whatwallace

      Jan 21st 2010, 13:13

      I understand why they remade hulk not long after it came out..... Because it was horrendously awful. But Spider-man was good. There is no need for this. Just stop. Don't make this film. Spend the money on something else. If you have to remake a superhero movie, remake superman returs. That was quite bad. Not awful, but not great. Next they'll remake the dark night. Starring the chuckle brothers. Just don't do this. It's a bad idea.

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    • whatwallace

      Jan 21st 2010, 13:13

      I understand why they remade hulk not long after it came out..... Because it was horrendously awful. But Spider-man was good. There is no need for this. Just stop. Don't make this film. Spend the money on something else. If you have to remake a superhero movie, remake superman returs. That was quite bad. Not awful, but not great. Next they'll remake the dark night. Starring the chuckle brothers. Just don't do this. It's a bad idea.

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    • hendrixisgod777

      Jan 21st 2010, 13:22

      Spacemonkey1310 has hit the nail on the head. All of the credit and kudos that Sam Raimi earned masterminding sequences like the brilliant Doc Ock L-Train chase scene, was spent the minute emo-spidey flicked his greasy head onto the silver screen. I was hooked, but by number 3 it became a maddening bore. Kirsten Dunst - You're cute and I can still remember your prepubescent guest appearace on Star Trek TNG but you're just not sexy enough to play mary jane. Please go. Tobey Maguire - I'm sure you're an accomplished actor but you were so nerdy in these films even I wanted to bully you. Please go. A fresh start could work only if we don't dwell on the origins of Spidey's powers. A personality change is also a must. I do want a bookish Parker but one that retains that neurotic Jewish charm that we all know and love, and one who clearly knows and acts like a he's genius (He invented web fluid for Christ's sake!). Please, no more of this navel gazing-bottom lip sticking out-annoying little s**te-business; more being late for dates with different girls (Gwen Stacy, Betty Brant et al.), getting chewed out by Jameson and missing his Aunt's B'day because he's too busy getting beaten up by the Shocker or someone.

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