5 minutes off the presses of TheHollywood reporter, Spiderman 4 and COMPANY, Maguire,Raimi and Dunst, anr Gone with the Wind. And the biggest movie franchise of the decade is starting fresh. THR:
Columbia has scrapped “Spider-Man 4” and is rebooting the franchise.
The studio is parting ways with director Sam Raimi and “Spider-Man” stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst and is taking the web slinger’s alter ego, Peter Parker, back to high school.
The new movie, which will have a new director and cast but still be produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin and Marvel Studios, is eyeing a summer 2012 release. It will use a script by James Vanderbilt and put the focus back on a teenager grappling with normal teen problems while also dealing with his superpowers.
Well this will lend well to a group of nameless OC, One Tree Hill kids playing Spiderman. This is shocking news. Raimi, always the optimist:
Said Raimi: “Working on the ‘Spider-Man’ movies was the experience of a lifetime for me. While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job.”