We’ve already heard from Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire on the demise of Spider-Man 4 in the form of a press release (i’m sure we’ll get their real thoughts in a few years), and now we have a few quotes on the matter from James Franco and Kirsten Dunst, who we know played Harry Osborn and Mary-Jane Watson in the trilogy.
The end of Spider-Man 4 wouldn’t have impacted Franco in a big way (bar a possible flashback/mirror talking scene), however he spoke to E! Online about Sony’s plan to reboot the franchise. Kirsten Dunst also spoke briefly.
“I don’t have a problem with that,” Franco, who played Harry Osborn in the superhero franchise, said at tonight’s Sundance Film Festival opening-night premiere of HOWL, his new movie about the late poet Allen Ginsberg. “It worked out well for Batman, and comics themselves have different artists and writers. I think it’s perfectly fine.”
But he cautioned, “I think for the viewers you want a little space [between Raimi’s and Webb’s flicks], so you can get everyone else out of your head.”
Franco and Maguire’s Spider-Man costar Kirsten Dunst told us the other night at the Art of Elysium benefit, “It’s sad to see it end. I think for Sam it was time for him to move on, and so we’re all going to move on with him. But we’ve had a good 10 years.”
I’m sure Raimi, Maguire and Dunst are all disappointed that things didn’t work out, as it would have been their chance to improve upon Spider-Man 3 and we know from past interviews that they like working with each other.
Now Sony are moving ahead with the reboot directed by Marc Webb with a cast of relative unknowns and a budget of around $80 million (which is roughly the amount they would have had to pay the trio to return).