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[15.02.2011] Die Offizielle Website zum Reboot - mit dem Titel "The Amazing Spider-Man" - ist online und präsentiert Spidey in Pose !!!

[06.02.2011] Bei CS! gibt es abermals neue Bilder von den "Spider-Man"-Dreharbeiten...

[31.01.2011] Bei CS! gibt es Close-Ups von Spider-Man beim Dreh...

[30.01.2011] Bei SHH! gibt es ein neues Set-Video des schwingenden Spider-Mans...

[26.01.2011] Bei OnLocationVacations.com gibt es Bilder des schwingenden Spider-Mans... Und bei MarieClaire.co.uk gibt es weitere Bilder von den Dreharbeiten...

[23.01.2011] Bei MTV gibt es ein detailliertes Bild von Dreharbeiten: Spidey in vollem Lauf...

[19.01.2011] Bei CS! gibt es Bilder und Videos von den "Spider-Man"-Dreharbeiten in Los Angeles, sowie den Hinweis, dass J. Jonah Jameson in diesem Reboot nicht auftauchen wird...

[17.01.2011] CS! meldet...
One of the biggest debates before Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man movie was released in theaters in 2002 was the fact that they were going with organic webshooters. This time around, it looks like the production is going with mechanical webshooters. It was first hinted at in the first official photo of Andrew Garfield as Spidey [..] and was confirmed by Emma Stone, who plays Gwen Stacy, at the Golden Globe Awards.

[16.01.2011] Bei CS! gibt es Bilder von Denis Leary vom "Spider-Man"-Dreh...

[15.01.2011] Bei CS! gibt es ein erstes offizielles Bild von Andrew Garfield im "Spider-Man"-Outfit...

[06.01.2011] GossipCenter.com zeigt Bilder von Andrew Garfield und Emma Stone beim Drehen...

[30.12.2010] Bei CS! gibt es neue Kommentare des neuen "Spider-Man" Andrew Garfield...

[29.12.2010] Wie NYTimes.com meldet, verliert das Musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" seine Hauptdarstellerin...

[24.12.2010] Bei Guardian.co.uk gibt es ein Audio-Interview mit dem neuen "Spider-Man" Andrew Garfield...

[23.12.2010] Slashfilm.com meldet...
[...] the latest in Emma Stone hair news is that she’s going to have to stay blonde for a while as she’s apparently signed on for "a few" sequels. And the first Spidey film, scheduled for release on July 3 2012, is currently shooting in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Times dropped a bunch of information both on shooting locations for the film as well as its budget. Read more about all of the Spidey news after the jump.
Stone dropped the news of her being contracted for "a few" films in an interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Here’s what she said when asked about how long she’s going to keep the blonde hair.
There’s a few Spidermen, so I may have to keep it for a couple of years.
She also told a story about training for the film, but not including her co-star, Andrew Garfield.
The other day, after work, I was supposed to work out with our trainer and Andrew said ‘Would it be ok if I worked out with you guys?’ I was like ‘No, that would not be ok’. He said ‘Why? It’ll be a bonding experience’. I said ‘Because you can lift a car and I am a weakling beyond belief’. We’re on two completely different ends of the spectrum. [...]


[10.12.2010] TheWrap meldet...
It's a rumor no longer.
Chris Zylka will play Flash Thompson, Peter Parker's high school nemesis in Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot, an individual familiar with the project has confirmed to TheWrap.
While the Thompson character is a football player who gets his kicks picking on "Puny Parker," he also happens to be a great admirer of Spider-Man. [...]


[09.12.2010] Bei SHH! gibt es Bilder von Emma Stone am Set...

[08.12.2010] Im Forum von REDUSER.net schreibt der Kameramann John Schwartzman begeistert über den ersten Einsatz der 3D-Kameras für das "Spider-Man" Reboot... Kathryn Shattuck sprach für Arts Beat mit Irrfan Khan über seine Rolle als Nels Van Adder aka Proto-Goblin...

[06.12.2010] Bei SHH! gibt es Bilder der eigens für ihre Rolle "erblondeten" Emma Stone...

[05.12.2010] Heat Vision meldet...
Campbell Scott has joined the cast of Columbia’s new Spider-Man movie while Irrfan Khan, Annie Parisse and Julianne Nicholson are in various stages of discussions to also join the production.
The movie, under the direction of Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, begins production this month in Los Angeles and is in the latter stages of its casting process.
Scott and Nicholson (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) will be Parker’s parents, who leave their son an orphan. Parker’s parents have rarely been seen in the various Marvel comic book series and have never appeared on-screen. It is unclear if they will appear in flashbacks, in a prologue or during the course of the movie.
Khan, best known for his work in Slumdog Millionaire, is playing a villain named Van Atter, joining Rhys Ifans as the movie’s bad guys.
Parisse, who appeared most recently in couple of episodes of AMC’s Rubicon, will be the villain’s wife. [...]


[26.11.2010] MTV sprach mit Emma Stone über ihre Rolle als Gwen Stacy...

[19.11.2010] Heat Vision meldet...
Denis Leary is negotiations to play the father of Emma Stone in Columbia’s new Spider-Man movie.
Stone is playing the love interest of Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) and Leary will play police captain George Stacy, her father who frequently came into contact with the web-slinging superhero.
In Marvel Comics lore, Stacy perished in an accident during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus, an event that led Gwen Stacy to hate the hero.
Columbia and director Marc Webb are keeping the James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent-penned script under lock and key so it’s uncertain how faithful to the core story Leary’s version of the character will be.
Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Laura Ziskin are producing the movie, which begins shooting in December.
WME-repped Leary hasn’t appeared in a theatrical movie since 2002’s The Secret Lives of Dentists, although he has been starring in the acclaimed drama Rescue Me since 2004. He appeared in HBO’s Recount and has continued to voice the character of Diego the sabertooth in the Ice Age movies.


[11.11.2010] Wie Empire meldet, wird Zooey Deschanel für die Rolle der Betty Brandt in Erwägung gezogen...

[05.11.2010] CS! meldet...
[...] Just after we posted the news that Martin Sheen is in final talks to play Uncle Ben in Columbia Pictures' untitled Spider-Man movie, we've learned that Sally Field has been offered the role of Aunt May in the film as well.
In the original Spidey trilogy, Uncle Ben was played by Cliff Robertson and Aunt May was played by Rosemary Harris.
Should Field accept the role, she would be joining Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans in the Marc Webb-directed film that starts shooting in just over a month. [...]


[15.10.2010] TheWrap scheint zu wissen, welche Rolle Rhys Ifans spielen wird...
Rhys Ifans will play Dr. Curt Connors, better known as The Lizard, in Marc Webb's "Spider-Man," TheWrap has learned.
There had been rumors across the blogosphere that Sony was thinking of bringing back Venom for the franchise reboot, but that character will not be featured in the movie, two individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. [...]
Dylan Baker played Connors in Sam Raimi's two "Spider-Man" sequels. [...]


[13.10.2010] CS! meldet...
[...] Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) will play the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, in the next installment of Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.
Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, "We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans. After seeing his performance in our upcoming film 'Anonymous,' we're in awe of his talent and think he's the perfect choice to take on this role."
The filmmakers prefer to not reveal which character Ifans will be playing in the forthcoming film.
Webb added, "What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker. Rhys' incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character." [...]


[06.10.2010] Bei CS! gibt es die offizielle Meldung, dass Emma Stone für die Rolle der Gwen Stacy ausgewählt wurde, inkl. Kommentar des Regisseurs Marc Webb...
[...] "The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice. At the heart of the story of Peter Parker is not only the amazing Spider-Man, but also an ordinary teenager who is wondering what he has to do to get the girl. Andrew and Emma will bring everything audiences expect to these roles, but also make them their own. Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen (Emma) is also a natural blonde." [...]

[03.10.2010] Deadline meldet...
Sony Pictures Entertainment will imminently offer the role of Mary Jane Watson to Emma Stone, who starred for the studio in Zombieland and Easy A. It's another good role for Stone, who is currently shooting the Tate Taylor-directed adaptation of the Kathryn Stockett bestseller The Help for DreamWorks. She plays Skeeter, the college student who comes home determined to expose the class differences between the matriarchs and their house servants in the South in 1962.
That leaves the four other actresses I mentioned yesterday (with the possibility they could widen the search) for the role of Gwen Stacy. Those contenders are Glee's Dianna Agron, Mia Wasikowska, Georgina Haig and Dominique McElligott. Stacy, played in Spiderman 3 by Bryce Dallas Howard, is a plum part for the first installment of the 3D Marc Webb-directed reboot of Spider-Man, because she is the first love interest of the high school-aged Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield. Mary Jane--played by Kirsten Dunst in the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy--becomes more pivotal in the later installments of the Spidey saga. [...]


[25.09.2010] CS! meldet...
Emma Stone is the latest name to be added to the short list for the female lead in Marc Webb's 3D reboot of the Spider-Man franchise and also may be up for a role in her Superbad costar's adaptation of 21 Jump Street, writes Variety.
Stone's performance in Sony's current release of Easy A helped the film rake in more than double its original production budget in just the first weekend.
Also added to the previous list of Spider-Man candidates is Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska, joining Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Priest), Ophelia Lovibond (Nowhere Boy), Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, the upcoming remake of Fright Night), Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer's Apprentice, I Am Number Four) and Emma Roberts (Hotel for Dogs, Valentine's Day).
Interestingly, Entertainment Weekly reports that both Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy will appear in the film, something that is not confirmed at this point. [...]


[14.09.2010] Auch AP sprach mit Andrew Garfield über seine Rolle...

[06.09.2010] Risky Business sprach mit Andrew Garfield, u.a. über seine kommende Hauptrolle...
[...] Have you been prepping for Spider-Man?
I have been waiting for this phone call for 24 years, for someone to call me up and say, "Hey, we want you to pretend to be a character that you’ve always wanted to be all your life, and we’re going to do it with cool cameras and cool effects and you’re going to feel like you’re swinging through New York City. Do you want to do that?" [laughs] "Let me just consult with my seven-year old self and see what he thinks..." So my seven-year-old self started screaming in my soul and saying, This is what we’ve been waiting for. Like every young boy who feels stronger on the inside than they look on the outside, any skinny boy basically who wishes their muscles matched their sense of injustice, God, it’s just the stuff that dreams are made of, for sure. It’s a true fucking honor to be part of this symbol that I actually think is a very important symbol and it’s meant a great deal to me, and it continues to mean something to people. So yeah, I feel like I’ve been preparing for it for a while. Ever since Halloween when I was four years old and I wore my first Spider-Man costume. [...]


[20.08.2010] Heatvision meldet...
The narrowing down for the female lead in the upcoming Marc Webb-directed "Spider-Man" movie has begun.
Starting today and heading into the weekend, select actresses are meeting with Webb and new Spidey actor Andrew Garfield. In a departure from the Tobey Maguire-Kirsten Dunst movies, the love-interest character is not Mary Jane. What isn't clear is whether the actresses are auditioning to play Gwen Stacy, Parker’s other love interest in the comics (played by Bryce Dallas Howard in 2007's "Spider-Man 3") or some other new character. The script pages being given to the actresses have no name listed for the character.
If necessary, another round of meetings may occur next weekend.
There are others in contention, but we can reveal the following names:
Imogen Poots, the CAA-repped actress who is currently shooting the "Fright Night" remake.
Ophelia Lovibond, a British up-and-comer who appeared in "Nowhere Boy" and "4.3.2.1" and recently wrapped William Monahan’s "London Boulevard";
Lilly Collins, repped by CAA and ROAR, who appeared in "The Blind Side" last year and will be seen in "Priest."
Others potentially in the mix are:
Teresa Palmer, who is currently shooting "I Am Number Four" and was the romantic lead in this summer’s "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice." The actress, repped by WME and Management 360, read with Garfield last weekend.
Emma Roberts has twice flown from the set of "Scream 4" for readings. (Sweeney Management-repped Roberts co-starred with Lovibond in "4.3.2.1.")
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the love interest in "Scott Pilgrim vs the World," was in the arachnid web but sources say she has now fallen out.
These are not screentests, which usually involve some sort of dealmaking, but rather readings and meetings. Basically, it’s still early. And if none of these girls work out, don’t rule out another round of searching.
Like Garfield, many of the contenders on the female side are up-and-comers, fitting in with the lower-key, edgier movie Webb is trying to make. The story is more grounded in the high school setting than the previous Sam Raimi-directed trilogy. The production is looking to go before cameras in December.
Columbia had no comment.


[02.08.2010] CS! meldet...
[...] the Marc Webb-directed Untitled Spider-Man Project will start shooting in December in Los Angeles. We've received no word yet whether Sony's Columbia Pictures will also film in New York. Andrew Garfield stars in the July 3, 2012 release, produced by Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad. [...]

[03.07.2010] Bei CS! gibt es die offizielle Pressemeldung: Andrew Garfield hat die Rolle des Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Marc Webb's "Spider-Man"-Film ergattert...
[...] After a comprehensive worldwide casting search, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012. The new film will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios. [...]

[01.07.2010] CS! sprach mit Josh Hutcherson über sein "Spider-Man"-Vorsprechen...
[...] Hutcherson did confirm that he had auditioned, adding what most everyone already knows about the casting process for Webb's anticipated reboot: "I think a lot of people are auditioning and talking about it, so it's an honor to be considered on the same list with some of these actors that I'm up against. It's really cool. To be talked about in that kind of role is very awesome."
"I really don't know what's going on with everything right now," he told us when asked if he was still in the running. "It would be an honor to play that role, it's a big thing, it's a total game changer. I really want to play a comic book hero. I'm not really huge into comics, but I've always been big into superheroes from the cartoons and the movies that have been made about them."
We kind of knew the answer but we had to Hutcherson if he had a chance to read any of the script before or during his audition, to which he replied, "No, they won't let anybody read that. They have it in a safe inside a vault inside some secret Fort Knox location." [...]


[08.06.2010] Wie Bleeding Cool meldet, scheint Jamie Bell (u.a. "Tim und Struppi", "Jumper", "King Kong", "Deathwatch ", "Billy Elliot") die Rolle des Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Marc Webb's "Spider-Man"-Film ergattert zu haben...

[15.05.2010] Heat Vision meldet...
Alvin Sargent is back in Spider-Man’s web.
The veteran screenwriter (and repeat Spidey scribe) has been brought on board to fine-tune Columbia’s "Spider-Man" reboot being directed by Marc Webb.
The studio is working off a script by Jamie Vanderbilt, who wrote "Zodiac" and a draft of "Spider-Man 4" before the studio scrapped its plans for the sequel to re-start the series. Sargent is doing a production polish as the studio runs with eight legs toward a planned shoot later this year. [...]


[29.04.2010] THR.com meldet...
[...] Columbia Pictures president Matt Tolmach [..] said he's excited but nervous about his company's upcoming Spider-man reboot, which he described as "Peter Parker told differently." He promised it will look, feel and smell different from the three films starring Tobey Maguire.
"We're humbled by it," he said. [...]


[05.03.2010] CS! meldet...
Ever since it was reported on January 11 that Sony would be rebooting their lucrative Marvel franchise with the fourth Untitled Spider-Man Film, there have been rumors and speculation about who might play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the new movie. A week after that announcement, Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) was named as director of the reboot, and various thoughts about who would play Spidey continued.
Possibly the most interesting name brought forward was 18-year-old Logan Lerman on February 4, who while doing press for his new movie Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief told Access Hollywood that he was in talks for the role, a claim that both Sony and the actor's reps quickly denied almost immediately after the story ran, saying Lerman hadn't actually had any talks.
The following week, many got to see Logan doing an impressive amount of action and heroics in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and it ended up opening with $38.7 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend, yet there was no word on whether Sony was still thinking of Lerman as a contender.
Recently, the rumor that Lerman had indeed been cast in the role started popping up again and over the past 24 hours that story has been rolling through the tabloids and across the internet at a rapid pace. It was even mentioned on CBS' "The Early Show" this morning.
Sony Pictures told us today, however, that this rumor is completely untrue. No one has been offered the job and the studio is not in negotiations with any actor. [...]


[17.02.2010] Wie MTV.com meldet, haben sich James Cameron und Marc Webb getroffen, um über "Spider-Man" in 3D zu sprechen...

[11.02.2010] CS! meldet...
Spider-Man will swing into theaters worldwide in 3D beginning July 3, 2012, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. The new film which is still untitled, will begin production later this year directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, "Spider-Man is the ultimate summer movie-going experience, and we're thrilled the filmmakers are presenting the next installment in 3D. Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters in the world, and we know audiences are eager and excited to discover Marc's fantastic vision for Peter Parker and the franchise."


[05.02.2010] Access Hollywood sprach mit Logan Lerman aka Percy Jackson, der laut eigener Aussage als neuer Peter Parker im Gespräch ist...

[21.01.2010] Im Risky Business Blog gibt es weitere Infos zum "Spider-Man" Reboot...
[...] Webb, who has options on two sequels, will now tackle a Jamie Vanderbilt script that sees a "Spider-Man" movie that will look and feel very different from the big movies that went before it.
The plan for the movie is to be in the $80 million range and feature a cast of relative unknowns (so you can quash those Rob Pattinson or Gordon-Levitt rumors at this point). And the story will be pared down to center on a high school kid who is dealing with the knowledge that his uncle died even though the teen had the power to stop it.
The touchstone for the new movie will not be the 1960s comics, which were the inspiration behind the movies by Raimi, who grew on up on them, but rather this past decade’s "Ultimate Spider-Man" comics by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley where the villain-fighting took a back seat to the high school angst. [...]


[20.01.2010] Via CS! kommt die offizielle Bestätigung des Regisseurs für das "Spider-Man" Reboot...
Marc Webb, the director of the Golden Globe-nominated Best Picture (500) Days of Summer, will direct the next chapter in the Spider-Man franchise, set to hit theaters summer 2012, it was jointly announced today by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Written by James Vanderbilt, Webb will work closely with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin in developing the project, which will begin production later this year.
Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, said, "At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world. The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker's life. We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter's shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man's adventure. We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey."
Arad and Ziskin added jointly, "Over the years, the Spider-Man comics have been told with bold and creative new writers and artists who have re-calibrated the way audiences see Peter Parker. Marc Webb will do for the new direction of the films what so many visionary storytellers have done with the comic books. He is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we look forward to working closely with him on this new adventure."
Webb said, "This is a dream come true and I couldn't be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity. Sam Raimi's virtuoso rendering of Spider-Man is a humbling precedent to follow and build upon. The first three films are beloved for good reason. But I think the Spider-Man mythology transcends not only generations but directors as well. I am signing on not to 'take over' from Sam. That would be impossible. Not to mention arrogant. I'm here because there's an opportunity for ideas, stories, and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas, and creative voice to Spider-Man."
Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, added, "I'm excited that Sony has chosen a director with a real penchant and understanding for the character. This is a brave, bold direction for the franchise, and I can't wait to see what Marc comes up with next."
Added Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, "The idea of re-imagining the on-screen story for one of the world's most iconic superheros is sure to deliver an exciting new dimension to Spider-Man fans everywhere. There are volumes of comics and material available to inspire fresh and compelling takes on Peter Parker and his journey as Spidey and we look forward to seeing this come alive onscreen." [...]


[14.01.2010] Laut Deadline.com gibt es bereits einen aussichtsreichen Kandidaten für den Regiestuhl des Reboots...
Marc Webb, the (500) Days Of Summer director, has climbed to the top of the Sony Pictures' list to rebirth the Spider-Man franchise. While the studio has a wish list of star directors like James Cameron, David Fincher, and Wes Anderson, the emergence of Webb as director comes as a huge surprise. But Mike Fleming's sources tell him Webb met about the Spidey reboot with the pic's producers and executives looking to get the picture into production later this year for a Summer 2012 release. Why will the pic take so long? Because it's likely to be shot in 3-D, and Sony Pictures plans to make an announcement about that "at the appropriate time".
Though he has the perfect name for the job, Webb has no prior superhero experience. (Hey, I saw Darkman and that was more of a science experiment that a superhero.) Then again, neither did Sam Raimi. And Chris Nolan was the director of Memento when he signed on for Batman Begins. Webb is also a newbie if Sony greenlights 3-D. But among directors, almost all would be.
What has Sony execs excited is the fact that (500) Days of Summer introduced a director with a grasp of how to depict the way young people think and feel. This is critical because the Jamie Vanderbilt script covers the formative years of a high school-aged Peter Parker, and that POV is as important as the action sequences. Especially after Sony and Sam Raimi retired the original Spidey franchise because they realized the film would have been same old/same old at a huge budget. Injecting new blood with an up-and-coming director is a bold stroke. Too bad Webb’s (500) Days star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is too old to play the high school-aged wall crawler. He’d be perfect.


[12.01.2010] CS! meldet...
Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012.
Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today they are moving forward with a film based on a script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises.
The new chapter in the "Spider-Man" franchise produced by Columbia, Marvel Studios and Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will have a new cast and filmmaking team. Spider-Man 4 was to have been released in 2011, but had not yet gone into production.
"A decade ago we set out on this journey with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire and together we made three 'Spider-Man' films that set a new bar for the genre. When we began, no one ever imagined that we would make history at the box-office and now we have a rare opportunity to make history once again with this franchise. Peter Parker as an ordinary young adult grappling with extraordinary powers has always been the foundation that has made this character so timeless and compelling for generations of fans. We're very excited about the creative possibilities that come from returning to Peter's roots and we look forward to working once again with Marvel Studios, Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin on this new beginning," said Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
"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," said Sam Raimi.
"We have had a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration and friendship with Sam and Tobey and they have given us their best for the better part of the last decade. This is a bittersweet moment for us because while it is hard to imagine Spider-Man in anyone else's hands, I know that this was a day that was inevitable," said Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, who has served as the studio's chief production executive since the beginning of the franchise. "Now everything begins anew, and that's got us all tremendously excited about what comes next. Under the continuing supervision of Avi and Laura, we have a clear vision for the future of Spider-Man and can't wait to share this exciting new direction with audiences in 2012."
"'Spider-Man' will always be an important franchise for Sony Pictures and a fresh start like this is a responsibility that we all take very seriously," said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures. "We have always believed that story comes first and story guides the direction of these films and as we move onto the next chapter, we will stay true to that principle and will do so with the highest respect for the source material and the fans and moviegoers who deserve nothing but the best when it comes to bringing these stories and characters to life on the big screen."
The studio will have more news about Spider-Man in 2012 in the coming weeks as it prepares for production of the film.


[11.01.2010] CS! meldet...
With all the rumors and speculation about Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4, whether or not it will make its scheduled May 5, 2011 release date and why it has run into production problems, it's come out in the wash that John Malkovich was indeed up for the role of the Vulture, Raimi's choice of villain for the fourth movie, which was first broken by Movieline a month ago.
Malkovich was interviewed by an Italian sports show called "Quelli Che il Calcio" and he was asked not only about whether he had been approached to play the Vulture but also about the production delays. The fine folks at the Italian web site Bad Taste have graciously provided an English summation of what was said on the show:
"When conductor Simona Ventura asked him about his role of Vulture in the movie, he not only didn't deny his involvement, but confirmed that he's waiting for the final script to be sent to him, and that the movie has been delayed. He also hopes that shooting will begin as soon as possible."
Some may remember that Malkovich was the alternate choice to play the Green Goblin in the first "Spider-Man" movie, a role that went to his Shadow of the Vampire co-star Willem Dafoe, so it has always made perfect sense that Raimi would be interested in him to play a Spidey villain. The question is whether Sony will agree to the lesser Spider-Man villain for such an important tentpole franchise. [...]


[09.01.2010] CS! meldet...
[...] Tobey Maguire addressed reports that production has been postponed on Spider-Man 4 so that Alvin Sargent can do more work on the script.
"Like anything, it's a process," Maguire said. "We're just in the midst of the process. We have a lot of great stuff in terms of story and script. We're just trying to dial it in and get it ready as quickly as possible. Of course, these movies are a very big undertaking and take a lot more time than a drama or something more straightforward."
The studio hasn't given up the scheduled May 5, 2011 release date just yet, but whatever happens, Maguire is excited about the character's future.
"Not only do I have specific ideas, but the ideas are evolving on the page," he said. "It's all happening right now. It's all sort of coming together. It's very exciting to me. I think the evolution of the character is really exciting, to be rooted in the history of what we've done already and to have a continuity, yet have a progression or evolution."


[06.01.2010] Wie Variety.com meldet, verzögert "Spider-Man 4" aufgrund von Problemen mit dem Drehbuch...
A holiday hiatus has turned into an indefinite vacation for "Spider-Man 4."
A Sony source confirmed that the studio is postponing production on the fourth installment of its superhero franchise, which was scheduled to begin lensing in February. Word began circulating among fanboys in mid-December that pre-production had ground to a halt on "Spidey 4" due to script problems with the Sam Raimi-helmed tentpole. At the time, the studio insisted that crew members were merely taking a two-week Christmas break.
Move echoes that of another Sony tentpole that was postponed due to script problems. In November 2007, Sony put "Angels & Demons" on ice until screenplay issues could be resolved. That film was originally slotted for a Christmas 2008 bow. Instead, it opened May 15, 2009.
In the case of "Angels & Demons," the script was rushed because of the looming WGA strike. With "Spider-Man 4," the studio has been fielding drafts of the script for years, with James Vanderbilt taking a crack at it. Alvin Sargent is currently retooling the story.
Sony still has "Spidey 4" skedded for May 6, 2011, though that date has become highly unlikely. The postponement would leave the first big weekend of next summer up for grabs by other studios.
"We'll try, but I think making May is a real question," the source said. "We will not start until we have it right. The feeling is we are not going to rush it to make the date."


[11.12.2009] CS! sprach mit Bryce Dallas Howard, u.a. über "Spider-Man 4"...

[09.12.2009] Bei Movieline gibt es neue Gerüchte bzgl. der "Spider-Man 4"-Bösewichte...
[...] Movieline has confirmed with sources close to the film that Raimi’s sequel is circling John Malkovich and Anne Hathaway to play Spider-Man’s adversaries, and neither evildoer is quite what you might have expected.
If negotiations proceed according to plan, Malkovich will be playing Spider-Man’s nemesis the Vulture, who packs a punch despite his advanced age. The Vulture is able to fly through the air and brandish his sharp wings to attack Spider-Man.
As for Hathaway, that’s where things get tricky.
The 27-year-old actress is currently the top choice for Felicia Hardy, who’d been long-rumored as one of the new characters in this installment. (Other names bandied about for the role included Julia Stiles, Rachel McAdams, and Romola Garai.) However, unlike in the comic books, this Felicia Hardy doesn’t transform into the Black Cat. Instead, Raimi’s Felicia will become a brand-new superpowered figure called the Vulturess. [...]


[19.11.2009] Deadline Hollywood meldet...
[...] While Sony Pictures insists no decisions have been made, sources tell me that the producers have approached Anne Hathaway to star in the film. Maybe you experts have an idea what she'll play? All I know is that she's wanted for a starring role, and she won't replace Kirsten Dunst who's also cast in the Spidey fourquel. UPDATE: You readers think the role is The Black Cat.

[18.11.2009] EW.com räumt Gerüchte bzgl. der kommenden weiblichen Hauptrolle aus...
Late last week, reports spread across dozens of Internet sites claiming that actress Rachel McAdams has been cast to play a villain named the Black Cat in the fourth installment of the Spider-Man franchise. If your spider senses got all tingly at the idea - well, sorry, but according to McAdams, it’s simply untrue. "That’s a total rumor, I have to say," the actress, who will next be seen in the Dec. 25 action-adventure tentpole Sherlock Holmes, tells EW. "I was hanging out in Toronto the other day and someone came up to me and said, ‘I just heard you’re doing Spider-Man 4.‘ And I said, ‘Really? No one told me!’ It’s not true." A rep for Sony Pictures concurs: "It’s an Internet rumor, as so many things are these days."

[10.11.2009] CS! berichtet über die kommende weibliche Hauptrolle...
[...] according to Mania, actresses are auditioning for the role of villain Felicia Hardy/Black Cat, and the site says that Rachel McAdams (upcoming Sherlock Holmes) is a frontrunner for the role. Mania adds that they are also casting for a male villain, which would mean we're looking at two villains for the fourth installment. None of this is confirmed, of course.
In the meantime, fans pointed us to The Observer where actress Romola Garai (Atonement) has a column in which she wrote the following:
"Love is at the root of everything good that has ever happened and will happen." This phrase swam into focus as I moved up the escalator at Oxford Circus tube on Tuesday morning on my way to put myself "on tape" for a part in Spider-Man 4. This is the acting equivalent of the London Marathon in that it's important to try your best as long as you understand that you aren't going to win.
Might she also be going for the Felicia Hardy role? We won't know for sure until we start hearing official casting news from Sony. [...]


[23.10.2009] Wie UGO meldet, wird Dylan Baker auch im 4. Teil mitwirken...
[...] During a post-screening Q & A, Baker confirmed that he is on board for Sam Raimi’s forthcoming Spider-Man 4. According to reports, Baker said that he had just gotten his first call concerning Spider-Man 4 that very day. Baker appeared in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 as Dr. Curt Connors, a professor at Empire State University.
When Dougherty ribbed him about "just appearing in the background" Baker said that, basically, that’s what he’d be doing. It was unclear if they were being truthful or if, in fact, Dr. Connors would become supervillain The Lizard in this fourth entry in the film series. During their riffing, Dougherty used the phrase "co*ktease for another year" as to whether or not we’d see The Lizard. [...]


[17.10.2009] Der Coventry Telegraph zitiert Sam Raimi...
[...] Asked about complaints that there were too many bad guys in Spider-Man 3, he responded: "I think having so many villains detracted from the experience. I would agree with the criticism."
So it sounds like there will be fewer foes in the next instalment. Raimi said he had learned some new lessons and storytelling tricks from his recent horror flick Drag Me to Hell which was a smaller and more intimate production.
He said: "I think I've learned about the importance of getting to the point and the importance of having limitations, and I'm hoping to take that into a production where I'm actually allowed to explore with more of the tools to pull it off with a little more splendour.
"I hope I don't lose that edge that I've just found. That would be my approach to Spider-Man 4: to get back to the basics."
Apart from that, we don't yet know much about the story of Spider-Man 4 - Raimi says they are in the process of working out who the villains will be - and we know even less about the fifth and sixth films at this stage. There's talk that they could be a reboot with new actors and a new director, but that's unsubstantiated. [...]


[10.10.2009] MTV sprach mit dem "Spider-Man 4"-Regisseur...
[...] Sam Raimi reveled that if all goes according to plan, shooting will begin early next year.
"We're hoping that it's the first week in March," said Raimi. At the moment, pre-production is in full swing, even as screenwriter Gary Ross ("great director and a very fine writer," said Raimi) continues to work on the script.
"He's working on a draft," he continued. "I just gave him some notes and he's doing a rewrite right now."
On other fronts, "Spider-Man 4" continues to chug along. "The production is starting to come together," Raimi told us. "I've got a production designer who is starting to design the sets and the environments that the picture will take place in. We just brought aboard Scott Stokdyk as one of the two visual effects supervisors, and I worked with him on all three 'Spider-man' pictures."
With Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst set to reprise their roles, Raimi and his team will soon turn their attention to filling out the rest of the cast. "None of the casting has really taken place, but we're starting to think about that now," the director said. [...]


[08.10.2009] Heat Vision meldet...
Gary Ross is writing "Venom," Columbia’s "Spider-Man" spinoff based on one of the villains from "Spider-Man 3," as a potential directing vehicle. Ross is already writing "Spider-Man 4" for the studio.
In the comics, Venom is a gooey alien parasite that bonds with Peter Parker and later his newsroom rival, among other people, becoming one of more popular villains in "Spider-Man’s" rogue gallery.
Topher Grace portrayed the character in the 2007 movie, which ended with both the human and the alien symbiote apparently destroyed in an explosion.
The studio had no comment on Grace’s involvement nor on Ross writing the project.
Avi Arad and Marvel are producing the movie. Ross would also produce.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote "Zombieland," previously worked on the script, as did Jacob Estes.
Ross, repped by CAA, hasn’t directed a movie since 2003’s "Seabiscuit."


[26.09.2009] SCI FI Wire meldet...
[...] Sony is going forward with a Venom spinoff movie, which pretty much has fans split down the middle. Will it finally do the fanged black-ooze baddie justice, or will it be more of the same? The good news is that Zombieland co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been tasked with penning the project [..].
Today Wernick confirmed to us that the project is still moving forward and the writing team has turned the script in to the suits at Sony. "We've written two drafts of Venom, and the studio has it, and they're pushing forward in whatever ways they push forward," Wernick told SCI FI Wire in an exclusive interview.
So when might Venom be going into production? "We're not sure, [but] we've turned in our two drafts," said Wernick.
One big question has been whether a Venom movie might happen even before Spider-Man 4, but that now appears unlikely. The latest rumors have Spidey 4 shooting in early 2010. When asked about the relationship between the two movies, Wernick was tight-lipped. "We can't really talk about that, unfortunately," the writer said before adding, "Basically, the studio and Marvel and the Arads are taking our drafts and going beyond and figuring out what's the next step."


[16.09.2009] CS! meldet...
IMAX Corporation and Columbia Pictures today announced that the highly-anticipated action-adventure Spider-Man 4, will be released to IMAX(R) theatres simultaneously with the film's worldwide release on May 5, 2011. [...]
Spider-Man 4 will reunite director Sam Raimi with stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. The screenplay is currently being adapted by Gary Ross. Producers are Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, Todd Black and Grant Curtis. Executive producers are Stan Lee, Todd Hallowell and Josh Donen. [...]


[14.09.2009] Access Hollywood meldet...
"Spider-Man 4" will start shooting in January 2010, Bruce Campbell told Access Hollywood [...]
The actor, who has a long relationship with director Sam Raimi via his lead role in the "Evil Dead" trilogy, made memorable cameos in the first three "Spider-Man" films.
However, he may have a bigger role this time around. Bruce told Access that in the next installment in the superhero franchise, he’s been told he has a major part - but didn’t yet know anything about his character.
The villain - or villains - for the movie have yet to be revealed, though some fans have speculated that Bruce could take on the role of Mysterio - the master of illusion. [...]


[17.08.2009] Variety.com meldet...
As Sony Pictures Entertainment preps a fourth installment of "Spider-Man" to begin production early next year, the studio has quietly engaged screenwriter James Vanderbilt to pen "Spider-Man 5" and "Spider-Man 6."
Vanderbilt was the first writer on "Spider-Man 4." Director Sam Raimi brought on "Rabbit Hole" playwright David Lindsay-Abaire to rewrite him, and Gary Ross is now rewriting that script. The studio is enthusiastic about where it stands as the picture begins prepping for an early 2010 production start for a May 2011 release.
Raimi didn't embrace all of Vanderbilt's ideas, but execs at Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios have. Vanderbilt has been hired to pen the fifth and sixth movies, which have an interconnected storyline. That's what was originally discussed when Vanderbilt signed on to write "Spider-Man 4," but the idea of shooting a fourth and fifth film back to back with the original cast was scrapped.
Sources said it was unclear whether Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst will be back. If they aren't, Vanderbilt's script would be the blueprint for a franchise reboot.
After committing to his fourth "Spider-Man" film, Raimi signed on to direct a new franchise based on the massively multiplayer role-playing online computer game "World of Warcraft" for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Maguire and Dunst were locked into the first three pictures and made a new deal for "Spider-Man 4." It's unclear how long they want to continue with the series.
Then again, Raimi was initially doubtful for "Spider-Man 4" because he expected to direct "The Hobbit," but returned after Guillermo del Toro got the job.
Why is Vanderbilt writing when so many variables are undecided?
The most important thing is for Sony to prime the "Spider-Man" pump more frequently. The lapse between films has grown with each blockbuster. The second film came only two years after the first, but it took three years for a third installment, and four years will have passed when "Spider-Man 4" opens in summer 2011.
Sony Pictures toppers Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton may well have a new franchise following last weekend's strong opening of "District 9." And after "Angels and Demons" grossed some $500 million worldwide, they will certainly move forward and extend the "Da Vinci Code" franchise with an adaptation of Dan Brown's fall publishing release, "The Lost Symbol." But "Spider-Man" remains the studio's most important film franchise, and Sony doesn't want to wait half a decade for the next outing.
While the "Spider-Man" movie business is booming, Sony has widenedits footprint on the franchise and become one of the investors in the Broadway musical version of the webslinger; the "Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark" tuner recently experienced a funding hiccup on the way to a planned March premiere.
Although there's been speculation that the show, which will cost upward of $35 million to produce, may not get off the ground, the project is too important to the "Spider-Man" partners to be tabled, sources said. The musical has "The Lion King" director Julie Taymor and songs by U2's Bono and the Edge. [...]


[10.07.2009] Variety.com meldet...
Gary Ross is back in the saddle with his "Seabiscuit" star Tobey Maguire.
Ross has come aboard to rewrite the script for "Spider-Man 4," the Sam Raimi-directed film that Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios will put into production early next year.
While Maguire has toplined both of the films Ross has directed ("Pleasantville" is the other), the "Spider-Man 4" deal comes more from Ross’s growing relationship with Sony. [...]
The "Spider-Man 4" script was originally written by James Vanderbilt, and then rewritten by David Lindsay-Abaire.


[28.06.2009] SHH! berichtet über eine Begegnung mit Michael Papajohn...
[...] I asked him about Spider Man 4 because of the rumor I read that he was going to be in it. He said "I can't talk about it, but who says I died in the first one?" My uncle asked him again and he quipped "if I tell you I'll have to shoot you." Jokingly, of course. [...]

[27.06.2009] Bei THR.com gibt es Infos zum "Spider-Man" Broadway-Musical...
Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming have joined the cast of "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark," the upcoming Broadway musical about the famous web-slinger.
Wood will portray Peter Parker's girlfriend Mary Jane Watson, while Alan Cumming takes on the role of Norman Osborn, also known as the villainous Green Goblin.
The musical, directed by Julie Taymor, begins preview performances Feb. 25, 2010, at the Hilton Theatre.
An opening date will be announced later -- as will the actor who will play Spider-Man.


[22.06.2009] SHH! meldet...
[...] During a Q&A with Ted Raimi and Michael Papajohn at Wizard World Philadelphia today, Papajohn (aka the carjacker/original killer of Uncle Ben from the Spider-Man films) said that he would be reprising his role for Spider-Man 4. He then proceeded to say if he told us what his role entailed, he'd have to kill us.
If this will indeed happen, it will be interesting to see why they still need to show the character in another film considering what happened in the third installment. [...]


[07.06.2009] Die NYPost zitiert den Produzenten Todd Black, laut dem Kirsten Dunst in "Spider-Man 4" mitwirken wird; der Bösewicht soll einen Bezug zu New York haben (evtl. Lizard, Kraven oder Kingpin !?!)... Wie SHH! meldet, soll (!) es sich bei dem "Spider-Man 4" Werbeplakat von der Licensing Show um einen Fake handeln... ;-)

[04.06.2009] Bei AICN gibt es ein "Spider-Man 4" Werbeplakat von der Licensing Show...

[25.05.2009] Bei CHUD gibt es ein Video-Interview mit Sam Raimi...
[...] they ask Raimi about the possibility of vampires - read Morbius - showing up in Spider-Man 4. His reaction is interesting.
Does Sony have the rights to Morbius? A quick search yields no info, but Raimi has talked up Spidey's vampiric enemy in the past. A couple of years back Avi Arad swore up and down to me that The Lizard would be in Spider-Man 4, and Morbius would actually fit very well in a story with The Lizard, so who knows. [...]


[21.05.2009] CS! sprach mit Sam Raimi über Teil 4...

[15.05.2009] DundalkDemocrat.ie meldet...
Dundalk is set to reach worldwide fame as a small portion of the new Spiderman 4 movie will be shot in the town.
The smash hit franchise, which has made billions of euro at the box office will once again be helmed by legendary director Sam Raimi.
However, in order to take the reins of the Marvel blockbuster, Raimi told UK film magazine, Total Film, that he wanted complete control over the fourth instalment, which included shooting in Dundalk.
Dundalk came into Raimi's way of thinking when the New York Times profiled Dundalk's Sustainable Energy Zone in one of its issues back in April 2008, a story which was featured also in the Dundalk Democrat at the time.
In the New York Times article, DkIT's 60m high wind turbine was featured, something that caught Raimi's eye. Now after getting in touch with Dundalk film director John Moore, Raimi has his sights set on bringing a small part of the production to Dundalk.
Although Marvel's team would not give any secrets away, it is imagined that Spiderman star Tobey Maguire is expected to scale the towering structure at some point during the film.
The film, which is billed 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' will see Dundalk land a substantial cash windfall as tourism is expected to jump by 400% and many local people will be employed as paid extras. Hotels and other amnesties will also profit from the shoot, which is expected to last no longer than two weeks.
A Marvel spokesperson, Ms Aprile Fulday said: "We are delighted to be bringing one of our most celebrated comic and screen icons, Spiderman, to Dundalk, Ireland.
Although we cannot discuss much at the present time, Mr Raimi is certainly looking forward to featuring the DkIT wind turbine in his latest film."


[23.04.2009] Forbes sprach mit Amy Pascal und Michael Lynton von Sony Pictures Entertainment...
[...] Are you considering doing any live action movies in 3-D? What about Spider-Man 4?
Pascal: Could be.
Lynton: People are paying a premium to see movies in 3-D and that's a very big deal. It's never been done before that someone says you have to pay more to see Spider-Man than a romantic comedy.


[22.04.2009] SCI FI Wire sprach mit Sam Raimi über "Spider-Man 4", u.a. über die Rückkehr von Kirsten Dunst und den Ton des Films...
[...] Whatever it is, I think will be a direct result of the best style to bring about our writer's screenplay. And as soon as I read that, I will know what that is. Edgy could be a direction, but I don't think it will be applied without really understanding the character's journey from the inside out first and then figuring out the best way to bring that about.
And then, as far as the other influences, making it different from the other films, ... I hope we don't react to these very good and sometimes bad superhero movies around us. I hope that we just [look] ever deeper into the truth of who Peter Parker really is - as a human being and the unique character, and that we celebrate that, which is a lot of the reason I want to make this next picture. I still believe I have an understanding of Peter Parker as the character that I have not quite put onto the screen yet. [...]


[16.03.2009] CS! meldet...
Both MTV and IGN talked to director Sam Raimi on Sunday about Spider-Man 4, which just received a release date of May 6, 2011 last week.
Raimi says that he and the production team are "in the earliest stages of working with the writer, trying to work out a story." He added that they are just working on the fourth installment and not also a fifth film. Previous reports had claimed that Sony Pictures would be making the fourth and fifth movies at the same time, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
The helmer said that they are closing in on Spider-Man's adversary or adversaries for the fourth pic. "All the characters or villains or villains, whatever we decide to do will be from Stan Lee's creations or those that came after him," he said.
And will Kirsten Dunst return as Mary Jane Watson? If it was up to Raimi, definitely: "I’m hoping she'll be in it and I'm planning on having a story with her in it... It wouldn't be the Spider-Man series without her."


[03.02.2009] The Oakland Press meldet...
[...] Raimi is slated to begin production on "Spider-Man 4" in 2010, in fact and, he said, envisions shooting some of that movie in Michigan.
"I'll be looking at Michigan for our second-unit photography on the new 'Spider-Man' film," he confirmed.
The extensive infrastructure needed to crank out megabudget productions like the three "Spider-Man" movies he already has made has, for the most part, kept him in Hollywood, Raimi pointed out.
"Producers are always looking at the bottom line, and if they can get the same looking stuff somewhere else cheaper, they're going to shoot there," Rumble said.
Such was the case with "Spider-Man 3."
"It was cheaper to shoot in Ohio because the streets we were shooting on had storefronts that looked a little bit more like New York than Detroit did," Raimi explained. "But if the incentives Michigan has now had been in place, we would have had the money to adapt a set in Detroit." [...]


[19.01.2009] MTV.com meldet...
The fourth film in the blockbuster "Spider-Man" franchise will begin shooting in 2010, actor J.K. Simmons told MTV News at Sundance, revealing that he’ll continue in the role of Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson. "I saw Sam [Raimi] at his Christmas party."
The news appears to confirm earlier reports that Sony was looking towards a May 2011 release.
Both Sam Raimi and Tobey Mcguire are expected to return, but have yet to formally commit. Kirsten Dunst is also up in the air, although the actress has voiced her willingness to continue as Peter Parker’s love interest.
Given the blowhard, fast-talking nature of his character, you’d think Simmons would be lobbying for more screen time, but according to the actor, the status quo is fine with him.
"We’ve definitely brainstormed ideas for Triple-J, but I have no desire to make Triple-J more of the focus of those movies," he said. "The amount that I did in 1, 2 and 3, is just exactly right. Like be the wolf. Come in, blow in, do a week, blow out, be the comic relief, and hit the road. And let Tobey and everybody else do the heavy lifting." [...]


[01.11.2008] THR.com sprach mit Sam Raimi über "Spider-Man 4"...
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire got out of a rabbit hole, only to be ensnared by a spider's web.
Lindsay-Abaire, who won a Pulitzer in 2007 for his drama "Rabbit Hole," is in final negotiations to write "Spider-Man 4" for Columbia.
Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are back as director and star, respectively, as are series producers Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad. Kirsten Dunst also is expected to return for the latest movie featuring the Marvel Comics character.
Plot details are under lock and key.
Columbia always has gone off the beaten path during the development process when hiring writers for the "Spider-Man" movies. Alvin Sargent, a veteran scribe best known for 1973's "Paper Moon" and 1980's "Ordinary People," served as a writer on the second and third films. Michael Chabon, another Pulitzer winner, also worked on "Spider-Man 2."
James Vanderbilt previously wrote a draft of "Spider-Man 4." [...]
Lindsay-Abaire has said in interviews that his plays tend to be "peopled with outsiders in search of clarity," which would put his work on sympathetic terms with Peter Parker, who in his classic incarnation is the perpetual outsider.
The choice of scribe also signals that that filmmakers are intent to focus on character, something that critics said got lost in the third installment.
Gersh-repped Lindsay-Abaire, now writing the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical adaptation of "Shrek," has dipped his toe in Tinseltown before, with his adaptation of "Inkheart" due in January. He is also adapting "Rabbit" for 20th Century Fox and Nicole Kidman.
Columbia had no comment.


[23.10.2008] Activision veröffentlicht heute "Spider-Man: Web of Shadows" für PC, Konsolen und Handhelds... Und bei Variety.com gibt es eine Kritik zum Spiel...

[17.10.2008] MTV.com sprach mit Sam Raimi über "Spider-Man 4"...
[...] what about Kirsten Dunst?
"Kirsten, I’d love to work with her again," Raimi explained to us this week, making it sound as if current plans to include Dunst for "Spider-Man 4" and "Spider-Man 5" are still up in the air, despite recent statements that she wants to remain with the franchise. "I hope she’ll be written into it. I couldn’t imagine making one without her, and I think she’s an important part of the movies."
Nevertheless, Raimi admitted that the very nature of an episodic series requires that characters come and go. "I wish I could work with James Franco again," said the man who directed the first three hit movies. "But his character died in the last one; same with Uncle Ben. Fortunately, we’ve been able to bring back all the dead characters [like Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn or Cliff Robertson as Ben Parker]. I can’t let them go, in each and every picture; but it gets harder and harder."
Now things are about to get hard yet again for Raimi, as he’s making plans to continue the cinematic tale of Peter Parker. "I’m really excited about Spider-Man, and I’m hoping to direct it," he cautioned. "I don’t have a script yet, but production would start probably by March of 2010, I’m guessing. It sounds like a long time away, but we need a script first, and a lot of pre-production has to take place."
The filmmaking legend also revealed to us that there is a lot of truth behind rumors that he might shoot the next two "Spider-Man" films at the same time. "That had been talked about," he said, deferring to the head of his studio. "It’s Amy Pascal’s decision. I don’t think it has been decided yet, and she’s the one that’s really going to make that decision; I’m really curious myself."
By his own admission, "Spider-Man 3" was an exhaustive film to shoot, but Raimi is confident he can handle the double duty. "It would be a real endurance test, probably only Peter Jackson knows how hard something like that would be," he marveled, hinting that "4" and "5" would be very closely linked in storyline. "If Tobey and me, and all the producers, like the story for two pictures and Amy wanted to do it, then we would do it. It just hasn’t been written yet."
Finally, Raimi offered comment on the wishes of fans (and yours truly) to finally let Dylan Baker’s storyline come to fruition. "He’s a great actor, and I think one day The Lizard’s story will be told," he teased, referring to Baker’s Curt Connors character. "I don’t know if it will be this one or not. I just don’t know. I’m definitely hoping to work with Dylan in the picture. I just don’t know who the villain is yet." [...]


[30.09.2008] MTV.com meldet...
[...] Kirsten Dunst has had one major condition as to whether or not she’d sign-up for any future sequels of the franchise - that director Sam Raimi and co-star Tobey Maguire be signed on as well.
Well, now that the news has broken that both Raimi and Maguire have signed back on for a fourth and fifth installment - with a hefty paycheck attached as well - MTV News posed the big question to Dunst [...]
"I’m in," said the actress matter of factly. However, when pressed to make the announcement official, Dunst quickly changed her tone, and rather cryptically added, "I’m not saying anything, I know there’s rumors..." [...]


[17.09.2008] TimesOnline.co.uk meldet...
IN A victory for working fathers in Hollywood, the actor Tobey Maguire has been granted "family time" with his young daughter as part of an unprecedented deal to star in the next two Spider-Man movies.
Maguire was willing to shoot Spider-Man 4 and 5 back-to-back over six months next year but insisted he should take early mornings and evenings off so he could play with his "favourite blonde", Ruby Sweetheart, who is 22 months old.
The 33-year-old actor is expected to earn a record $50m (£28m) in salary and profit shares from the two films, substantially more than Keanu Reeves earned when he shot the last two Matrix films back-to-back. Reeves complained that it left him exhausted.
The first three Spider-Man films grossed £1.5 billion and are still producing spin-offs, including a forthcoming Broad-way musical with songs by Bono, the Irish rock star.
Until recently it was uncertain whether Maguire would put on the Spider-Man suit again, and Sony had drawn up a list of alternative actors before Maguire’s agents came back to the negotiating table.
Sony, which declined to comment, is thought to have been wary of allowing "family time" because it could set a precedent. Finally its chairman, Amy Pascal, herself a mother, stepped in, saying six months without family time would not be fair on any parent.
In the next few days Sony is expected to reveal whether Maguire’s ex-girlfriend Kirsten Dunst will be returning as his on-screen love interest, Mary Jane Watson. Dunst, 26, has recently talked about a struggle with clinical depression.


[07.09.2008] DHD berichtet über Teil 4 und 5 und mehr...
It's time to end once and for all the rampant speculation. Sony doesn't want any info to leak but I'm told that both star Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi will be returning to make Zodiac screenwriter Jamie Vanderbilt's script of Spider-Man 4. Sources tell me that Sony has recently locked in both veterans of Spider-Man 1 through 3. [...]
[...] a Sony Pictures spokesman claimed to me on the record, "There was never anyone considered for the role but Tobey.")
There's no deal yet for Kirsten Dunst but Mary Jane Watson will be in the movie again. I'm told Sony "would never recast her" despite her rehab problems. But expect another gal part, too.
Sony is taking its time officially hiring the movie's villain since principal photography doesn't start on Spider-Man 4 until next fall because of the recently postponed May 2011 release. I am told, however, that "once you find out who the villain is, you'll know who's playing it." That should lead to speculation that Dylan Baker's character of Dr. Curt Connors will ultimately turn into The Lizard as he did in the comic books. There's one other character that's been set up but is a real longshot -- Daniel Gillies, who plays John Jameson, the astronaut fiance of Mary Jane in Spider-Man 2. In the comics he becomes the villain Man-Wolf. Raimi has said in the past that he wants the best actors to play the villains in the movie, not necessarily the most famous.
I'm also told that, right now, the studio is trying to figure out if it can feasibly shoot Spider-Man 4 and 5 at the same time because doing that is so cost effective and "it wasn't so easy to get everybody back together". [...]


[01.08.2008] THR.com meldet...
With Heath Ledger's villainous Joker drawing attention and boxoffice dollars, Sony is moving forward with "Venom," a potential "Spider-Man" spinoff based on a bad guy.
The studio is developing the project, based on the gooey nemesis who appeared in "Spider-Man 3" and is hoping the character could serve as an antidote to the aging "Spider-Man" franchise in the way that Fox has used Wolverine to add longevity to its "X-Men" franchise.
But getting any spinoff off the ground, let alone one centered on a villain, can be tricky.
The studio had commissioned a draft of the script from Jacob Estes, a writer of the specialty film "Mean Creek," released several years ago by Paramount Classics. He's also attached to the Plan B drama "The Gifted."
But the studio is considering going in a different direction from Estes' script and is seeking writers for a new draft.
Casting also is no simple matter. Topher Grace played the character in the film, but agents have been eyeing the role for their clients, as Sony is not yet convinced the actor can carry a tentpole picture.
Neither Sony nor Marvel would comment for this story.
In "Spider-Man 3," Venom is essentially a parasite that attaches itself to a host via a sticky substance that then gives the host special powers. The fact that it is a substance rather than a character could give Sony leeway to cast a new actor.
"Venom" came about as part of the licensing deal between Marvel and Sony for the Spider-Man movies, which contained provisions allowing for the use of spinoffs based on other Spider-Man characters.
The project is part of a larger feeding frenzy for superhero projects, scores of which have been signed up in the last few months while movies such as "Iron Man" and "The Dark Knight" light up the boxoffice.
Sony is developing a fourth "Spider-Man" film for 2011, but that picture would come out nine years after the original movie debuted, adding to the studio's desire to see new Marvel characters.


[21.06.2008] Die Los Angeles Times meldet...
[...] "Spider-Man" producer Laura Ziskin said the fourth installment in the web-slinging superhero series is tentatively scheduled to arrive in May 2011.
In remarks Thursday to theater owners from California and Nevada, Ziskin said there was no finished screenplay, but that she and Sony Pictures were hopeful "Spider-Man 4" could be ready in three years’ time.
The first three movies comprise one of the most successful franchises in modern Hollywood history, grossing a combined $2.5 billion worldwide. Neither star Tobey Maguire nor director Sam Raimi is yet committed to work on the next installment. But Sony has paid Marvel to renew its rights. [...]


[08.06.2008] CS! sprach mit Sam Raimi...
[...] got his thoughts on making more sequels.
"James Vanderbilt is writing the script and I'm excited to read it. I think it's going to be done in a few months," Raimi told us, adding, "I'm hoping it's as great as our discussions were about it and I'm hoping it feels right for me because I love Spider-Man. I'm hoping I'm well rested enough to embrace it and I'm hoping Sony wants me to do it. If all of those things come together, I would love to do it. There are a lot of unknowns about the future."
And how does he feel about re-casting key players if needed? "I'd hate to re-cast anybody in the future, I can't imagine that." [...]


[06.06.2008] Latino Review sprach mit J.K. Simmons, u.a. über seine mögliche Beteiligung als J. Jonah Jameson in "Spider-Man 4"...
[...] So we know that James Vanderbilt just turned in a script for Spiderman 4 have they reached out to you yet or anything?
J.K. Simmons:
They, y’know we, we sort of check in once in a while, they say, y’know, we want JK to do it. We don’t know where. We don’t know when. We don’t know who. We don’t know anything, y’know? They signed all of us for the first three films. Sam, Tobey, y’know all the way down the line to me and, y’know, we’ll see where it goes. I also, I mean its all conjecture and you guys probably know more than I do at this point. There was talk of doing four and five concurrently and I don’t know if they’re still considering that or not and, uh, y’know, I spoke to Tobey, uh, in I guess it was, y’know, February... y’know, sort of awards season time and, uh, y’know, he’s certainly amenable to doing some more and y’know, uh, hopefully we’ll be able to get everybody back and y’know, make another good one.
Or a couple of ‘em?
J.K. Simmons:
Couple, three, four, five! Whatever. Y’know, I could buy a bigger house. [Laughs] [...]


[29.05.2008] Latino Review präsentiert zwei heisse Kandidaten für die Rolle des Peter Parker in den kommenden "Spider-Man"-Filmen: Patrick Fugit (u.a. "Almost Famous - Fast berühmt") und Michael Angarano (u.a. "Sky High") !!!

[17.05.2008] Cinematical weiss mehr über die kommenden "Spider-Man"-Filme...
[...] Apparently, in the last few weeks, James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) has turned in a working draft of Spider-Man 4 to the studio. However, according to our source, "his story arc has encompassed two films, making Spider-Man 5 shootable at the same time. The studio saw dollar signs and is in the process of reworking his deal to snatch up the story arc." Don't expect anything immediately, though, since we've been told both sides are still trying to negotiate the deal.
Right now we have no word on what that arc is or where Vanderbilt is taking his script, but it's interesting to know that they're looking to spread the next Spidey storyline across two films, instead of shooting one more and taking it from there. Obviously Sony has wiped away the bad buzz from Spidey 3 and is interested in stretching this franchise as far as they can. After three flicks, I can't see Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst returning to shoot two Spider-Man films together (would be a lot to take on), but you never know. In the meantime, here's what we know: Looks like Vanderbilt is writing Spider-Man 4 and Spider-Man 5, and the studio might look to shoot both flicks at the same time. As of right now, the studio has no comment. [..]


[12.04.2008] Via AICN kommt der Hinweis auf das nicht verwendete "Spider-Man 2"-Drehbuch von Michael Chabon...

[17.03.2008] IESB plauderte mit Jim Sturgess über "Spider-Man: The Musical"...

[03.02.2008] IESB berichtet über ein "Venom" Spin-Of...
[...] Venom fans rejoice, Marvel is moving forward with a new stand alone film, yep you heard right, Venom is coming back to the big screen.
We've confirmed that "the studio" has met recently with several "A list writers" about a spin-off film.
Eight years ago, New Line Cinema held the theatrical rights to Venom. Since then, the rights have reverted back Marvel. But does Sony have complete control over the character since he was a part of Spidey 3 or does Marvel control the rights to the character with Sony only having distribution rights?
We have to assume that since there is movement and there has been recent meetings with writers this property must belong to Marvel since they have made an interim agreement with the WGA and proceed to develop projects during the current strike. Either way, one thing is for certain, Venom will get a second shot at the big screen. [...]


[03.02.2008] Comics2Film.com berichtet über "Spider-Man 4"...
BlogTalkRadio chats up screenwriter James Vanderbilt about 'Zodiac' as well as his next project 'Spider-Man 4'.
"I went in on that. I really loved the films," Vanderbilt said. "It's sort of an odd process because you're sitting down with the people who made the first three and going, 'Well let me tell you what to do.'
"But I was lucky enough that they were interested in me and I'm a huge fan of those movies, so we closed that up right before the strike. Once the strike's over I get to go to work." [...]


[06.01.2008] Der TV-Sender Pro7 zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr "Spider-Man 2"...

[05.01.2008] Der TV-Sender Pro7 wiederholt heute um 23.35 Uhr "Spider-Man"...

[04.01.2008] Der TV-Sender Pro7 zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr "Spider-Man"...

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