Spider-Man 5 & 6 are being written now!

James Vanderbilt is back at the keyboard

Despite only grabbing a commitment from Sam Raimi and his core cast for Spider-Man 4, Sony is pushing ahead with their web-crawling franchise.

Zodiac scribe James Vanderbilt, who wrote the initial draft of the fourth Spidey outing, has been hired to crank out linked scripts for parts five and six.

While Sam Raimi has jettisoned a lot of the writer's ideas for numero four (Gary Ross is currently slaving away over the latest draft), the studio and Marvel apparently approved of what Vanderbilt brought to the world.

Eager to keep the Spider-dollars flowing, Sony wants to push ahead to get the next two films ready to shoot so there's less of a gap between release dates.

And that's while there's still no firm commitment from Raimi or the likes of Tobey Maguire or Kirsten Dunst on whether they'd even come back for more after four.

So according to Variety, Vanderbilt's new scripts - there's no idea what they're about yet - could end up being franchise reboots with a new cast and director in charge...

[Source: Variety]

Do you want the usual team to make more Spider-Man? Or should the studio start fresh?


    • ashley.russell

      Aug 17th 2009, 18:01

      burn it, burn it to the ground

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    • MadMatt

      Aug 18th 2009, 0:11

      Or it could be that they wanted him to focus on starting work on the next two, which meant he wasn't available to do a polish for Raimi on the Spidey 4 script, hence the new writer(s). If that isn't the case, it doesn't bode well - seems a bit like the studio are undermining Sam a tad. As a long-time Raimi fan, I hope and pray he's on top form for the next one to shut up all these annoying whingers who like to have a pop at him incessantly on messageboards.

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    • whereistheline

      Aug 18th 2009, 0:47

      After the abomination of the 3rd one, I'm surprised they've commissioned a fourth one!! Kill it, just let it go. Please.

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    • supat2009

      Sep 7th 2009, 22:14

      spiderman has alot of enemies to make another god knows how many,as long as raimi is on board then i dont see any problems with it.

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    • MagneticEye84

      Dec 18th 2009, 3:12

      I would love to see a complete reboot with an (A list) Director, suitable new leads, a mature treatment of script and some thrilling hardcore action scenes.

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