Spider Man became a movie franchise thanks to Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire. Since Spider Man won’t have them for the next movie, Sony Entertainment has just decided to start over. Nowadays, it’s a common trend for a franchise to reboot and start over after a while. However, Spider Man will do it just 10 years after the first film, in a move that already isn’t off to a good start, judging by how it came about.
Sam Raimi had been trying to get a story and script off the ground, before Spider Man 4‘s schedule 2012 release. But he felt he couldn’t do it in time, which didn’t suit well with Sony/Columbia. Instead of giving Raimi more time to come up with the right story, they decided to let him and Tobey Maguire go, and start the story all over again.
Sony’s new Spider Man plan is to make another origin move in 2012. Once again, Peter Parker will be back in high school, and get bitten by the radioactive spider all over again. This new direction may just be a blatant attempt to attract ‘tween’ audiences that fell for Twilight, according to CHUD’s Devin Faraci.
Faraci figures that since the original Spider Man 4 would have Peter Parker as an adult, Sony wanted to capture the ‘tween zeitgeist’ instead. Since Raimi was struggling to figure out a story, and wanted more time, it gave them their excuse to start from scratch. However, Entertainment Weekly reports that Sony wants a ‘gritty, contemporary’ new version instead,
This isn’t the first time Raimi’s Spider Man plans have gone astray, as he was reportedly forced to include Venom in Spider Man 3. That movie was a huge disappointment to many who loved the first two – which Raimi did without interference.
The new Spider Man plans have taken the concept of a reboot a bit too far. The franchise only had one setback with Spider Man 3, but that, and Raimi’s inability to rush Spider Man 4, have caused them to scrap the whole series. When the Batman series started again, it came after the much more horrific Batman and Robin, and they had a director like Christopher Nolan to take Batman back to his roots.
But in this case, Sony’s big plan seems just to get a Spider Man out in a few years – no matter what. Still, it gives fans a chance to squeal that Robert Pattinson, or some other ‘tween’ icon, could be the next Peter Parker. The rumors of Pattinson as Spider Man have already started, with Michael Cera also mentioned in early reports.
CHUD- “Twilight for Spider Man and Hollywood”
Entertainment Weekly- “Next ‘Spider Man’ will be a gritty, contemporary reboot of the franchise”
Entertainment Wise- “Robert Pattinson To Replace Tobey Maguire As Spider Man?”