We knew last week when filming was halted that things weren’t going well with Spider-Man 4, however Tobey Maguire didn’t seem too worried about it. In fact he said he was “excited” and that the delay was just a “process”.
Well we have some bad news (or good) depending on your view, as Nikki Finke is reporting that Spider-Man 4 has been scrapped, Tobey Maguire, Sam Raimi and Kirsten Dunst are out, and a reboot is under-way:
Mike Fleming and I have just confirmed that Sony Pictures decided today to reboot the Spider-Man franchise after Sam Raimi pulled out of Spider-Man 4 because he felt he couldn’t make its summer release date and keep the film’s creative integrity. This means that Raimi and the cast including star Tobey Maguire are out. There will be no Spider-Man 4. Instead, the studio will focus on a reboot script by Jamie Vanderbilt with a new director and a new cast. All this took place today at meeting on the lot today. An official Sony Pictures news release about it is expected.
My sources tell me that Raimi told Sony Pictures: “I can’t make your date. I can’t go forward creatively.” And, so, once he said “That’s it”, Sony Pictures co-chairman Pascal and Columbia Pictures’ Matt Tolmach decided they didn’t want to replace him and instead chose to reboot the franchise. Insiders also tell me that Tobey Maguire heard the news in a phone call with Amy today. I’m told Tobey wasn’t upset. “He’s made 3 great Spider-Man movies. He’s done really well. But he’s the kind of guy who, if Sam wanted to go forward, would have been there for Sam and the studio. Absolutely.”
I’m actually pretty disappointed by this. I was looking forward to Spider-Man 4, and it’s way too early for a reboot. Why couldn’t Sony just release the film in the summer of 2012 instead of scrapping the whole thing?
As to where the reboot will take Peter Parker, Sony tweeted this little nugget of info:
Spider-Man: Summer 2012: Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012.