Spider-Man 4 is cancelled; Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire out for 2012 reboot
Those of you dreading a possible Spider-Man 4 don't have to worry anymore. Sony Pictures has canned the whole shebang and is looking to simply reboot the franchise in 2012. Have our attention spans gotten that short?
Deadline.com reports that after director Sam Raimi told Sony he couldn't maintain artistic integrity of another sequel if he were forced to meet an imposed May 2011 deadline, so the Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal and Columbia Pictures' Matt Tolmach decided to just clear the entire slate and start over. That means no Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, who was looking to get out anyway.
"Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012," a press release from the studio announced Tuesday. "Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today they are moving forward with a film based on a script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises."
That's a real shame, since rumors were flying that Raimi wanted John Malkovich to play the latest villain and Anne Hathaway was being sought to join the cast, not to mention the possibility of Spidey being shot in 3D. Even Tobey seems a bit upset about the whole thing.
“I am so proud of what we accomplished with the Spider-Man franchise over the last decade," Maguire said in a statement. "Beyond the films themselves I have formed some deep and lasting friendships. I am excited to see the next chapter unfold in this incredible story.”
We wish we could share that optimism, Tobey. Apparently 2012 really does mark the apocalypse.