On January 11, Nikke Finke and Mike Fleming at Deadline Hollywood brokenews that following some widely publicized script problems that delayed production, Spider-Man 4 won’t be happening at all. Sony Pictures confirmed that report, announcing in a press release that it will be rebooting the franchise entirely by taking Peter Parker/Spider-Man back to high school in the next film. This means series director Sam Raimi and its star, Tobey Maguire, will not be involved.
Keep in mind that the first Spider-Man came out in 2002. This reboot is apparently scheduled for a 2012 release. That’s just a decade later.
“Working on the Spider-Man movies was the experience of a lifetime for me,” Raimi said in a statement. “While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job.”
“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,” said Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures. “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.”
This sounds terrible. No, thanks.