Monday, January 11, 2010

Spider-Man 4 To Become Spider-Man Begins?


    When I first decided to write a new post, I had to decide which story was more relevant to the most people.  Should I write about our Senator from Nevada, Harry Reid, who once, in a private conversation, before he was elected President, referred to Barack Obama as a light skinned Negro?  Or was the more important story, one that will affect legions of fans worldwide, the fact that Sony issued a press release that in essence will lead to the destruction of the Spider-Man movie franchise.

    In their press release, Sony Studios states that a new movie for the old webslinger has been delayed until 2012, and that director Sam Raimi as well as Spidey himself, Tobey Maguire and the rest of the cast have been dumped.  It seems instead of a remake, we are getting a reboot that will throw Peter Parker back into high school.  I don't know about you but if that means we have to sit through a whole new retelling of Spider-Man's origins, then no thanks.  How they can throw out the foundation of what has already become a 2 billion dollar and counting money making machine must follow the same line of thinking as NBC when they replaced Leno in the original Tonight Show time slot and moved him to prime time where they were certain they could save a lot of money and still please everyone.

    Well, if part of their thinking is a cheaper cast saves money and allows us to make more money, they are probably in for a rude awakening.


    Just taking a quick look on Twitter with comments about Spider-Man shows how unpopular this decision seems to be:

    1. mythrandil Spiderman 4 se fera sans Sam Raimi et sans Tobey Maguire : a minute ago from Echofon

    2. Dsc01935Laura3491 Spiderman 4 cancelled?! And a new one out in 2012 with a whole new cast, it won't be the same. Good Luck with that, stupid creators >:(1 minute ago from Echofon

    3. HeaderBlumJordan Remember when James Cameron wrote a scriptment for Spiderman and said it was one of his dream projects? Remember that? Just saying.2 minutes ago from web

    4. Afc_normalAlpha4ceCuddles RIP Spiderman2 minutes ago from web

    5. Soup_normalSupSappel RT @HarryLyme: #film #Brothers "...did you fuck her? ...I can forgive you.. " - elements of Raging Bull -- but spidermanlooks lik2 minutes ago from API

    6. Av-52555_normalvin_ann but we are paid to handled the works! RT @evanalew I am not a spiderman/octopus worker!!!!2 minutes ago from web

    7. Default_profile_0_normalidkwhtwho @jamiebrittain Nicholas Hoult should be the newspiderman.3 minutes ago from web

    8. J_131_normalDaneCookFan39 oh man there not makeing a spiderman 442 minutes ago from web

    9. Mb-nu-logo_normalmanila_bulletin 'Spider-Man 4' delayed; Maguire, Raimi 1 hour ago from

    10. Eph_normalerunolwen siento que hoy lei demasiadas cosas sobre la pèlicula 4 de spiderman y no me importa... no se porque tanto alboroto...about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

    11. Andy_normalbrunnerand @BRIANMBENDIS I'd almost like to see an UltimateSpiderman TV show...similar to Smallville.about 2 hours ago from web

    12. 13033_862471937169_810703_49321056_987324_n_normalwillisfilm Ah! Spiderman 4 squashed. Raimi, McGuire, Dunst, OUT! Planned reboot takes Spider-man back to high school... NOOOOabout 2 hours ago from web

    13. Gaby__1__normalgabyyg WHATHEFFFF?!? no tobey mcguire in spiderman 4.about 3 hours ago from web

    14. Rorschach_normalDave_L_Jones Disney buys Marvel. Suddenly, Spiderman has no Raimi or Maguire... =(about 3 hours ago from TweetDeck

    15. N126200255_3411_normalMattOstrofsky Wow Spiderman 4 is dead. Studio has decided to do a reboot movie without Rami or Maguire. 3 hours ago from web

    16. 6a00b8ea06ece0dece00b8ea0709b2dece-500pi_normalBunchOfJerks Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire Out?! Sony To Reboot Spiderman?! HOLY RETARDED! 3 hours ago from web

    17. Mitch_is_a_queer_normalMitchDDF spiderman terminator and mugan pop-pop bro!about 3 hours ago from txt

    18. 005_normalLuckyLobos !( 3__3 ) RT @BuzzEdition ►Sony ReplacesSpiderMan Cast, Director to Reboot Popular Franchise via @WhoisJohnLaiabout 4 hours ago from web

    19. Le_sigh_normalAlgernon33 RT @wilw: Sorry to get all comic book geek, but isn't aSpiderman movie "reboot" actually a retcon?about 4 hours ago from UberTwitter

      Culver City, CA (January 11, 2010) -- 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."

      About their press release and their reasons for rebooting Spider-Man, I can end this story with just one word, "Bologna!"

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