January 13th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Raimi, Maguire, Dunst gone from 'Spidey 4'

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The next “Spider-Man” movie won’t pick up where the third film left off. It will travel back in time, showing Peter Parker in high school and thereby dropping its big name stars Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire along the way, according to news reports.

The new movie will have a new director and cast but  will still be produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin and Marvel Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It will use a script by James Vanderbilt and put the focus back on a teenage Spider-Man coming of age as he deals with his superpowers.

Entertainment Weekly reports that franchise director Sam Raimi was unable to make Columbia’s  deadline of a 2011 release so they opted to make a completely different kind of “Spider-Man” without the director. (Deadline Hollywood chronicled the difficulties Raimi was having with the script.)

The studio is hoping to do a more gritty, contemporary remake and is currently searching out edgy, young directors.

On a different platform, Broadway producers have announced that they will refund tickets for preview performances of “Spiderman: Turn off the Dark,” the musical that was scheduled to begin previews in February but has been postponed, according to Patrick Healy in the New York Times Arts Beat blog.

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  1. marquee.blogs.cnn.com

    Raimi maguire dunst gone from spidey 4.. Neat :)

    April 19, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ty J.

    Spider-man begins anyone? Dark Gritty wrestler voiced superheroes and action filemd so frantically you can't even tell the good from the evil.

    January 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Diva

    Ok, I wasn't a big fan of these movies, but didn't all the lead roles just leave? Yikes.

    January 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JJ

    Bill J,
    Two face is Batman, no Spiderman.

    But to reboot a franchise 10 years after the 1st movie is ridiculous. Spiderman has over 40 years worth of storylines that have basically gone untouched. Why try to retell the same story over and over again when u have a mountain of material to work with?

    January 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JohnnyPunkRawk

    This sort of thing is common place in the comics. The Ultimate Spiderman series from Marvel takes place as he is a coming of age superhero in highschool and is plenty interesting. I agree that it seems like they are mass producing comic movies and it is the big thing right now, but lets not overlook the fact that The Batman franchsise was completly overhauled and it took off to heights not expected. Granted it was years after the old franchise flopped with clicking boots that turned into ice skates and bubble gum stuff that was gut wrenching to watch, but still I won't complete dismiss this until we see more. Given the amount of villains that they could work with in Spidermans rogue gallery, there's still a lot that can be done. Whether or not the average non-fanboy movie goer will catch on is another thing. After how they destroyed Deadpool, however, I won't hold my breath.

    January 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Crookers

    they should just give it up. it was a good trilogy......now stop. i'm not gonna go see a spiderman with new characters.

    FAIL!!!!

    January 14, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bill J

    I just assumed they would do an angle with Two Face, as that seemed logical.

    January 14, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. chris

    whatever. comic fans are used to this. It could be an awesome idea. Spider Man black costume with Felicia Hardy was hot! And you know what K.D's mouth makes me want to vomit in my mouth anyway.

    January 14, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jeremy

    Can you say direct to video?

    January 13, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve in PA

    This isn't the whole story as to why they are dropping Spiderman 4. This is just the lame excuse they are giving to try and paint a pretty picture. There are other sites that have the full details and behind the scenes what was really going on. This has nothing to do with missing the 2011 deadline, and everything to do with the script that was presented to them. It was a very bad script and another change in villains that never even existed in the comic book series. Raimi originally wanted the Lizard to be the main villain, but then was rejected as being too unreal and people wouldn't like it. Then they were going to go with the Vulture and have Anne Hathaway as the Vulturess, the daughter of the Vulture and have them as a duo villain plot. There was never a female vulture character and the whole concept behind it was horrible. They continue to create Comic Book movies and deviate from the original source material and wonder why their movies suck. Spiderman 3 had the potential to be the greatest Spidey movie ever but they screwed it all up by changing the origins and lore of the original characters.

    Anyway, this whole reboot the Spiderman franchise is just another stupid idea in the hopes of making some more money. I have no idea why they have to do it to begin with since Marvel sold all their assets to Disney a few months back. Are they really hurting that bad for more money?

    January 13, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. arthur

    Looks like a giant step backward in the Spidey saga

    January 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lisa

    How can they have a Spider Man 4 about Parker in high school??? They already showed him get bit in high school and dealing a little with his powers. Why go back and change it? This just sounds absurd.

    January 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    With all of the big names gone, I might actually see a 4th Spiderman movie. I can't fully express how much I despised Maguire and Dunst. There was almost nothing worth talking about from the 2nd and 3rd installments of the series. Perhaps a new start will invigorate the Spiderman franchise.

    January 13, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. marco

    Jeesh! I HOPE they don't pick JJ Abrams! I think his fifteen minutes should be about done now. He makes everything unnecessarily super violent and never delivers the goods!!

    January 13, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mason

    This is simply a bad idea. They should have just gave Raimi the time he needed.

    January 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Benjamin

    Marvel needs to slow down on the prequels/reboots. Hulk got rebooted after a one movie. Spider-Man is getting rebooted just a few years after the last movie. X-Men got prequels almost immediately after the third movie. It's insane. Next they'll be rebooting Iron Man. Marvel has no concept of franchise fatigue.

    January 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. bdkennedy1

    Without the main cast, this will be an epic failure. Look at all the major franchises that have died at their 4th movie because the main actors didn't return... Superman, Terminator, Scary Movie.

    Audience are not going to accept a new Spider-Man so soon after the last movie.

    January 13, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mark

    I'm amazed they are even MAKING a 4th one... Number 3 was the biggest turd of the year!

    January 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Kacccc

    I may be confused, but how would he have super powers growing up if they just showed up when he was bit by that spider?

    January 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Crystal

    I wasn't planning on watching it, even if Maguire and Dunst returned....I have a thing for James Franco..and with him dying in the 3rd one..just doesn't have me wanting to go see it without him...

    January 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mike C.

    Thank goodness, no more screaming from K. Dunst.

    January 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |

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