An unofficial blog following the new Spider-man franchise, directed by Marc Webb, starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and due for release July 3rd 2012.
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Spider-man 4 is no more, and much of the news on this blog now pertains to a vision of Spider-man that will never be made. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Raimi et al, will not be back in a Spider-man incarnation. I thought I ought to make that clear before continuing with the next piece of news.
Sony instead opted to reboot the Spider-man franchise with a new director, Marc Webb, with actor Andrew Garfield playing Peter Parker. Filming is set to start this December in Los Angeles, and is also expected to take place in New York. The project is being produced by Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad.
The film is scheduled for a July 3rd 2012 release.
Speaking with MTV, Sam Raimi gave some Spider-man 4 updates, revealing that the script is currently undergoing some small rewrites whilst production is preparing for a March 2010 start, aiming for a May 6th 2011 release date. Casting hasn’t started yet, but it is set to get under-way shortly.
We’re hoping that it’s the first week in March,
At the moment, pre-production is in full swing, even as screenwriter Gary Ross continues to work on the script.
He’s working on a draft, I just gave him some notes and he’s doing a rewrite right now.
The production is starting to come together. I’ve got a production designer who is starting to design the sets and the environments that the picture will take place in. We just brought aboard Scott Stokdyk as one of the two visual effects supervisors, and I worked with him on all three ‘Spider-man’ pictures.
None of the casting has really taken place, but we’re starting to think about that now.
IMAX and Columbia pictures have confirmed that Spider-man 4 will be simultaneously released in standard and IMAX theaters on May 5th, 2011. The film will be “digitally re-mastered” into the IMAX experience, it’s unlikely scenes will be natively shot in the IMAX format.
“The last two ‘Spider-Man’ releases have been available in IMAX theaters, and we’re very much looking forward to our return to a wider IMAX theatre network with this exciting new chapter in the continuing adventures of Spider-Man,” said Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing. “The addition of so many new IMAX locations will give even more fans of Spider-Man an opportunity to experience the action and adventure in a unique way.”
“‘Spider-Man’ continues to be one of the world’s most popular motion picture franchises, and we are very excited to include the latest chapter as part of our 2011 slate,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “Our network has grown significantly and we continue to roll-out new theatres virtually every week, giving more moviegoers the opportunity to experience the movie in IMAX.”
“We’re so excited to once again work with our friends at Columbia Pictures, Sony and Marvel to bring this beloved superhero back to IMAX theatres,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “The ‘Spider-Man’ franchise has been so important to the growth of our network and fan base over the years and we’re certainly looking forward to re-teaming with the entire cast and production team to bring this next chapter to moviegoers worldwide.”
It seems Raimi’s long time friend, Bruce Campbell, may be up for a much bigger role in the fourth movie. They speculate that this could be a villain, perhaps Mysterio. But that’s all conjecture and nothing to take seriously. Which Spider-man character would Campbell play best?
The actor, who has a long relationship with director Sam Raimi via his lead role in the “Evil Dead” trilogy, made memorable cameos in the first three “Spider-Man” films.
However, he may have a bigger role this time around. Bruce told Access that in the next installment in the superhero franchise, he’s been told he has a major part – but didn’t yet know anything about his character
At Wizard World Philadelphia, during a question and answer session that included Ted Raimi, Michael Papajohn (aka the carjacker and Ben’s Killer) revealed that he shall be reprising his role for Spider-man 4. No details as to what that entails, if he told us he’d have to kill us.
Astute fans will know, in the first Spider-man movie, the carjacker is chased into a warehouse where he trips and falls to his death. How then, does this character reappear in Spider-man 4?
Maybe he survived and is now a villain? Maybe there’s a flashback?
Todd Black has been speaking with New York Post’s blogger Reed Tucker about ‘The Taking of Peckham 123′, but in doing so also slipped in a couple of Spider-man 4 questions to whet our appetites.
Black confirmed that Kirsten Dunst shall be onboard for the fourth Spider-man movie, although rumors of a wedding between Mary Jane and Peter Parker were shrugged off. As for the villain, Black denied the Morbius vampire rumors that Raimi has thrown at us. As for comments on a villain, he/she shall be New York based, to quote:
We’re just coming up with who the villain’s going to be now. We’ll be shooting in New York again. Trust me, people will appreciate who we pick, because it’ll be a big part of New York.
Pitdoc have snapped a shot of the first Spider-man 4 poster at the recent Licensing Show in Las Vegas which comes via AICN. These are available in very high resolution by clicking the image. The second one is a tidy up of the first, cropped and with levels, contrast and color corrected.
Spider-man 4 poster
Spider-man 4 poster tidied up
Sam Raimi has offered up some minor updates on Spider-man 4 during his “Drag Me to Hell” promotional interviews. Speaking with Cinematical, Raimi says:
“I learn lessons on every single picture I make,” he said. “I learned a lot on [Drag Me To Hell], about timing, and that you don’t have to give up any character at the expense of horror. It’s just an excuse that maybe I’ve used in the past. As far as Spider-Man, I’ve learned a lot of lessons about what people didn’t like and missteps that I’d made. But I learned those lessons on the previous two, I was just a little quieter about them. I made a lot of mistakes, and it’s part of the reason I so want to make this next story of Peter Parker.”
Raimi continued, “I really think I know in my heart who the character is, and I haven’t quite been able to sing the song yet, or bring it out to the extent or degree of detail that I feel in my heart that I can. And I may not be successful, but I still feel like I know it better than I’m able to play it; I feel like the kid that really practiced at the piano recital, with years of comic books, and when I got to my other recitals, I sometimes made some missteps with them. There’s a whole crowd there and they think that’s as well as I know the piece, but I really do know it a lot better than that and I would like one more chance at that character. The Spider-Man films, I’ve made mistakes, but I really do look at them as things that I’ve learned, and hope that when I apply what I’ve learned to this next one, I really make a film that people enjoy and is really true to the character in a fresh, original way. That’s my goal.”
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