Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Spider-Man 4 Scrapped; Raimi and Maguire Gone; Sony Plans Franchise Reboot for 2012: "


I didn't spend a lot of time on the Internets yesterday and so I missed this big announcement.

I was a huge fan of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2. (In fact, I've said many times that S2 is one of the best--if not THE best--comic book movies of all time.) I gritted my teeth and tried to find good things about Spider-Man 3, but it was pretty hard. I just don't know how they could have found a way to screw up the Venom story line as much as they did. And I have always said that they bloated the movie with too many villains. (Something the original incarnation of the Batman movies suffocated under the weight of.)

So, will this new reboot work?

It depends entirely upon the new director, the script, and the acting team that picks up where Sam, Tobey, & Co. left. (Not that that sentence is any sort of revelation.) But really, when rebooting something (a la Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins), a director's vision is supremely important. Who is the new director and how will his vision be different than Raimi's? (Or will it just be cheaper than Raimi's?) The article I liked to above is suggesting that Sony is wanting strong creative control and needs to control costs. All fine business decisions, but will it earn them a profit?

I know that I will be very hesitant before I jump back on this bandwagon.


k said...

I'm sorry, i'm just commenting on your blog 'cause your picture looked cute. Is that wrong?

...actually yeah, probably.

*slowly backs out of blog*

David said...

Thanks very much.

Tracy S. Altman said...

I couldn't agree with you more about Spider-Mans (Spider-Men?) 2 & 3. For years, I told people that Spider-Man 2 was pretty much like my average day at work. --Well, there was a grain of truth to that. Maybe not much more than a grain . . .

Spider-Man 3 could have been greater than 2 if they'd been willing to make it four hours long. I was initially excited about the possibilities that could arise from pairing Spider-Man and Venom off as doppelgangers, AND then pairing SandMan and the New Goblin off to explore different facets of parent-child relation (protecting the child on the one hand, avenging the father on the other), with themes of power and vengeance (and the renunciation of both) running every which way like . . . well, like a spider's web. But they just glopped it up. Sad.

I'm not averse to a re-boot, but it's WAY too soon.