Spider-Man 4 Movie Being Revamped After Lead Actor Tobey Maguire And Director Sam Raimi Quit The Film

Hollywood is seeking a new Spider-Man after Sony Pictures made the shock announcement that Tobey Maguire would no longer take the lead role in the £2 billion franchise.

After reports that production on Spider-Man 4 had stalled amid disagreements over the script, Sony said that Maguire, who plays Peter Parker, and Sam Raimi, the director, had both left the film.

Sony said that a new Spider-Man film would appear in 2012 focusing on Parker, a teenager “grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing superhuman crises”. Although Maguire is hugely popular with young filmgoers, he would be 36 by the time the new film was released.

When the first film was released, in 2002, his performance as the student bitten by a genetically modified spider won praise and the opening weekend broke box-office records.

The third film grossed $1 billion and the three films, directed by Raimi, are in the top 25 biggest grossing hits of all time.

Only this week Maguire had said he was looking forward to shooting Spider-Man 4. “We have a lot of great stuff in terms of story and script,” he said. “We’re just trying to dial it in and get it ready as quickly as possible. Of course, these movies are a very big undertaking and take a lot more time than a drama or something more straightforward.”

But the fourth film has been dogged by trouble and is expected to miss a projected release date of May 2011. There were reports that Raimi wanted to cast John Malkovich as a winged, flying baddie, against the wishes of Sony. The studio, it was claimed, wanted a more cute villain who would also be the love interest.

Sony is to release more information on the film in the coming weeks.

Raimi acknowledged that the studio was heading in a “new direction”. Raimi said: “While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel [Spider-Man was created for Marvel Comics in 1962] have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job.”

The change gives Sony the opportunity to “reboot” the franchise, following the example of Paramount, which successfully reinvented Star Trek with a young cast last year.

Meanwhile, a Broadway musical based on the Spider-Man character is scheduled to open next month.

Source: London Times Online

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Comment by juan cortes on January 18, 2010 at 7:22pm
good move sony just be smart this time and cast a sexy type that reminds you of someone like megan fox not a girl next door type like kirsten dunst was i mean look at the comics and tell me which one really fits mj a woman who sends chills with the utterance of "tiger" read the comic and plaese use that as a paradigm for how you cast the role so that the curves and the type match. now for peter there is already good buzz with some of you picks like aaron johnson, but make sure you also input felicia hardy [now for that using someone like the lead blonde in that movie "girl next door" now that case it would work] somewhere in the movie so that that love triangle can be exploited in the future just thoughts for a fan that would really like you to succeed in making a movie worth watching over and over well i've said my peace use the knowledge if you really want a blockbuster.
Comment by michael on January 13, 2010 at 2:47pm
its kinda whack hes not spidey no more .. but they have 2 get carnage in the next movie n i think they should make Venom come back that movie would be crazy
Comment by Peter Parker on January 13, 2010 at 2:31pm
I don't care how spider man is i'm going 2 see it peace b******!Cosmic spidey out 100!
Comment by STOP SNITCHIN on January 13, 2010 at 10:50am
Comment by John Anderton on January 13, 2010 at 7:53am
They should get Christian Bale to play Spiderman lol
Comment by Dre Ably on January 13, 2010 at 5:49am
'The studio, it was claimed, wanted a more cute villain who would also be the love interest.' lol Villan or love interest? They don't go to well together.
Comment by Lex on January 13, 2010 at 4:09am
f*** Sony, f*** them up their stupid asses.
Comment by BuckDat on January 12, 2010 at 11:40pm
I'm actually kinda shocked considering the money the last one made yet not shocked cause of how sucky it was. I don't blame them both for leaving though. I think Maguire and Raimi did excellent jobs but the Studio wouldn't let them do their thing. too much tampering. I'll definitely miss Raimi's take on Spidey, considering how much he loves the character... but if the studio isnt gonna let him make it the way he wants then what's the point?
Comment by jBrizzle on January 12, 2010 at 11:32pm
p.s i will agree we don't want black cat unless you make the movie more in depth and have multiple characters but you must get the Carnage saga in!
Comment by jBrizzle on January 12, 2010 at 11:30pm
Im extactic that Tobey is gone. He should of never have been given the role. He is the reason this series to me is not #1. Don't get me wrong spidey is the ultimate but for someone who never followed spiderman as a kid should of never been blessed with this power. I still say Jake Gyllenhaal would of been the best Peter Parker ever! Bubble boy should of been the Spidey! I still say give it to Jake but if theyarwaiting then a younger Peter it will be!
Good riddins Tobey.

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