During an interview with MTV Kirsten Dunst let slip that she is will be in the next Spiderman movie.
When asked if she was in or is she out? She replied:
“I’m in,” said the actress matter of factly. However, when pressed to make the announcement official, Dunst quickly changed her tone, and rather cryptically added, “I’m not saying anything, I know there’s rumors…”
Your guess is as good as mine…
The Times Online are reporting that Tobey Maguire stands to earn $50m in salary and profit shares for filming Spider-man 4 and Spider-man 5 back to back over six months. As part of the deal Maguire has also been allowed time off during mornings and evenings to spend with his young daughter — an exceptional case due to the planned duration of the shoot.
“Tobey admits he is obsessive-compulsive about everything he does, and raising Ruby is no different,” a friend said last week. “There’s no way Tobey would allow work, no matter how well paid, to get between him and Ruby, and Sony realised that.”
Thanks again Robin!
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.
The LATimes are reporting, via Spider-man producer Laura Ziskin, that Spider-man 4 will be targeting a release date in May, 2011 — hoping that the movie would be ready in three years time. She also stated that the screenplay wasn’t yet completed.
The hour and a half show, Movie Geeks United, hosted at Blog Talk Radio, has a new episode discussing the latest movie release, Fanboy, and the upcoming Zodiac director’s cut — in which they interview the screenwriter James Vanderbilt. Of note to us Spidey fans, he talks about coming into the next Spiderman movie. Here are some choice quotes via Comics2Film:
“I went in on that. I really loved the films,” Vanderbilt said. “It’s sort of an odd process because you’re sitting down with the people who made the first three and going, ‘Well let me tell you what to do.’
But I was lucky enough that they were interested in me and I’m a huge fan of those movies, so we closed that up right before the strike. Once the strike’s over I get to go to work.”
Wizard recently sat down with Sam Raimi to talk with him about the Spider-man trilogy, the DVD release and most importantly, what the future holds for himself and the spidey franchise:
Looking back, you’ve worked on Spider-Man in some way for nearly eight years. Has the excitement stayed with you?
RAIMI: I’m just as excited about the character, and so in that sense, yes. Although the physical energy level between how I felt before I started shooting versus what was left of me on the last day of photography, I was so exhausted at the end of “Spider-Man 3″ I can’t tell you. My love for the characters and my passion for the stories are the same, but I was just a shell of the person that I was after all of those movies.
If you had to take a break and pick a director to replace you on the franchise, is there anyone at the top of your list?
RAIMI: Because I love Spider-Man I would just say—I don’t want to pick someone. I don’t know if I’ll be directing the picture or not, but I’d like to say that it would be somebody that was the best gift I could give to Spider-Man—someone who understands him and loves him and could bring his passion and love to the character. A character director probably; no one else.
Writer James Vanderbilt is, at the moment, frantically working on “flipping” David Benioff’s Wolverine movie script into a film-able format before the WGA contract deadline arrives at midnight tonight (31st October):
Fox’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” which is being penned by James Vanderbilt (“Zodiac”), [… is] among dozens of scripts that are being flipped, a process that actually is uniting execs and scribes in one goal: to get a script that is filmable. — Hollywood Reporter
Whilst looking towards the future, it is reported that Vanderbilt has been chosen by Sony executives to pen the fourth Spider-man feature:
Several writers were being considered for the fourth installment, and Vanderbilt apparently was chosen by Sony executives for his character-driven approach to the story rather than a focus on special effects. — Coming Soon
Back in August 2006 — nearly a year ago now, we had our first insight into what lies in wait for the future of both Marvel films and the Spider-man franchise. In an interview with MTV, Marvel producer Kevin Feige had this to say,
“There will be many more Spider-Man films to come,” he promised. “We already have stacks of ideas for the next one because of the wealth of stories in the comics. We could be making Spider-Man movies for the next 20 years, based on the 50 years of Spider-Man history we have.”
That doesn’t necessarily guarantee, however, that Tobey Maguire will continue as the man under the mask.
“When you’re concentrating on one movie at a time, there’s a beginning and a middle and an end to that process,” Feige reasoned. “We’ve been topping each one as they go, [and if that happens again], that’s the time for those discussions.”
And when it comes to Tobey Maguire’s involvement, he denied rumors that he would not be participating and instead had this to say (via Yahoo Movies),
“I feel like the stories all deserve to be told, and, you know, if… the whole team wants to get back together, and we feel like we can make a good movie that’s worth making, then I’m up for it.”
In an article at SciFi.com these sentiments were uttered again,
“Well, it’s possible that we make another movie,” Maguire said in an interview. “It all depends on if there’s a story worth telling. I feel very proud of the three movies that we’ve made. I feel like the stories all deserve to be told, and, you know, if they come up with a good movie, and the whole team wants to get back together, and we feel like we can make a good movie that’s worth making, then I’m up for it.”
The article continues, stating that co-star Kirsten Dunst would also be interested in reprising her role as Mary Jane Watson;
“There’s an openness at the end [of Spider-Man 3], which I like, but … I feel like this is a trilogy unto itself,” she said. “And I think if we venture into a fourth, it will be some time from now and in a new way. Because I don’t think Sam can do that: continuing on this same course. I think he needs to venture as an artist and do other things; otherwise, none of us will have anything good to bring to the fourth. So I think we all need to venture out a little bit, and then maybe we’ll come back together one day and do another one.”
This brings us very nicely to the projected involvement of Spider-man director Sam Raimi. In April 2007 he announced that Sony had plans to produce another 3 Spider-man films, whether he shall direct these is at the moment unknown. Raimi had this to say in an Empire interview in July this year,
“I want to help contribute to the production,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ll just be a producer on it but if I can work with the writer in such a way so that directing would be right for me, I don’t know. We’ve had our first meeting on Spider-Man 4 and we’re looking for the writer.”
As for who is currently working on the illustrious project, in January 2007 a deal with screenwriter David Koepp was sought, though it seems as of July a new writer may be involved.