Raimi and Maguire Return
This is the BIG news we’ve all been waiting and hoping for. Both main star Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi have been locked in to Spider-man 4! This report comes from the reliable scoop website Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily. There is not yet a deal for Kirsten Dunst to return as Mary Jane Watson.
Principal Photography & Main Villain
Principal photography is set to begin in the fall of 2009 to target a May 2011 release. The long gap until that date affords time to recruit a main villain; with speculation strongly suggesting Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard. The Sinister Six have also been mentioned. Villain rumors for Spider-man 4.
Spider-man 4 and Spider-man 5 together
The report also states, as previously rumored, that they are looking for angles at producing the next two sequels at the same time because of its cost effectiveness and the difficulty in keeping everyone together.
And Sony has hired a pair of screenwriters to get going on the Spider-Man 3 spinoff movie Venom. Given that comic book artist/writer and action figure maker, Todd McFarlane, who is one of the creators of the Marvel villain, doesn’t think a Venom movie could do well with a villain as the central character, my sources think Sony should let Topher Grace, even though he was blown up at the end of Spider-Man 3 (yet a portion of the Venom costume survived), stay in the role because the likeable actor could be a a sympathetic evildoer.