Before Marc Webb was given the job of rebooting the Spider-Man franchise Sony were meeting with other potential directors to take on the project. One of those was David Fincher (The Social Network), and while on the rounds promoting The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo the director spoke about his Spider-Man movie that never was.
“My impression what Spider-Man could be is very different from what Sam [Raimi] did or what Sam wanted to do. I think the reason he directed that movie was because he wanted to do the Marvel comic superhero. I was never interested in the genesis story. I couldn’t get past a guy getting bit by a red and blue spider. It was just a problem… It was not something that I felt I could do straight-faced. I wanted to start with Gwen Stacy and the Green Goblin, and I wanted to kill Gwen Stacy.
“The title sequence of the movie that I was going to do was going to be a ten minute — basically a music video, an opera, which was going to be the one shot that took you through the entire Peter Parker [backstory]. Bit by a radio active spider, the death of Uncle Ben, the loss of Mary Jane, and [then the movie] was going to begin with Peter meeting Gwen Stacy. It was a very different thing, it wasn’t the teenager story. It was much more of the guy who’s settled into being a freak.”
Fincher has consistently delivered in the movie department since Se7en in 1995, so chances are his Spider-Man reboot would have been worth watching. Fincher’s problem with the red and blue spider may have been an issue (it seems he would have glossed over that part), but killing off Gwen Stacy and his ‘freak’ angle would have been interesting. We’ll have to wait until Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man hits in July before making any comparisons, but I get the feeling Sony made the right decision.