Now it is official that Spider-Man 4 is going to be released in 2012, but there are quite a few twists to the next Spider-Man movie, including an all new cast. 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 are 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.”
Director Marc Webb has signed on for the film, and shooting is set to start in late 2010.
A new vision for Spider-Man may be just what will save the series. It’s not all good news though, as the last film was rumored to have been screwed up by the producers meddling and not allowing Raimi to make the film he wanted to make. Those same producers will still be around mucking up the next installment, which is set to be made in 3D.
July 3, 2012.
It has been confirmed that Spider-Man 4 will be in 3-D
Andrew Garfield… Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Emma Stone… Gwen Stacy
Rhys Ifans… Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard
Spider-Man is a classic character, and the first two films showed that a good film can be made in that world. Putting Peter back in high school is likely for the best, as that is in many ways the best period for him. I’d rather see him struggling to get through class and deal with high school issues than with adult stuff like getting a job or paying the rent.
Say what you will, Raimi was a godsend for Spider-Man. He created a world that made Spider-Man and his villains possible. Marc Webb doesn’t have a ton of experience, and certainly not in the genre area that Raimi had. He’ll have to totally recreate that world to work for the new story and Spider-Man. It could all blow up in his face.