Franco and Dunst Talk Spider-Man Reboot

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 13th, 2013 at 7:28 am,

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Remember that Spider-Man movie trilogy from way, way back? Remember the two kids who starred in the trilogy, James Franco and Kirsten Dunst? Well, believe it or not, those kids are now all grown up and are reflecting back on their time in the Spidey universe and what their feelings are about the franchise’s renewed future.

Oh, in case you’ve been sleeping for the last two weeks: Spider-Man 4 has been nixed and Sony is going with a total franchise reboot that will be helmed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer).

So what do Franco and Dunst have to say about the new Spider-Man trilogy in the works? E! Online has the scoop:

James Franco:  “I don’t have a problem with that…It worked out well for Batman, and comics themselves have different artists and writers…I think for the viewers you want a little space [between Raimi's and Webb's flicks], so you can get everyone else out of your head.”

Kirsten Dunst: “It’s sad to see it end. I think for Sam it was time for him to move on, and so we’re all going to move on with him. But we’ve had a good 10 years.”

Is it just me, or can you just feel the total indifference seeping out off Kirsten Dunst? While I haven’t been the biggest fan of this Spider-Man reboot idea, one definite benefit is not having Dunst back for another installment. It seemed like the girl stopped trying about midway through the second movie.

As for Franco, well, I think he’s pretty much on the mark about the need for separation between the Raimi Spidey films and Marc Webb’s new trilogy. Too bad we aren’t going to get it!

MTV also managed to talk Spidey with James Franco, check out that video below:

Oh James, don’t fret for Tobey and Sam – I’m sure they’ll be alright.

Eh… looking back over this there really isn’t anything too interesting. Just once I would love for somebody to say “Screw this new Spider-Man! Those losers can’t do what we did!”

Hell, maybe Robert Downey Jr. will say that when they eventually try to reboot the Iron Man franchise in another 2-3 years icon smile Franco and Dunst Talk Spider Man Reboot .

What do you think about Franco and Dunst’s take on the Spider-Man reboot? Do their opinions even matter?

Sony is currently working to get Webb’s Spider-Man in theaters by 2012.

Sources: MTV, E! Online

TAGS: spider-man, spider-man 4

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  1. Notice how James Franco thinks it's fine but Dunst doesn't? He was killed in Spidey 3 and she wasn't so it's pretty obvious where the feelings come from.

  2. 2nd! …..always didnt want to say that but im dumb and lame sometimes…
    anways, the best thing of the reboot is the boot to Dunst's ass. I really got fed up with her after part1. She was a horrible casting decision since day 1. Im so happy to see her gone….

    Huge Spiderman fan!

    -LAW

  3. Their opinions dont matter, Franco is dead in the movies and Dunst is irrelivant

  4. I think that if it was not for the money those movies made they wouldve called the whole thing off a long time ago, but any way i see this Reboot as something great.

    Yes 1&2 were good when we saw them but really I was watching them again the other day and i mean he takes his mask off,they kill off everybody!its mary jane this and mary jane that, no gwen,Topher Grace as Venom????

    Yea yea i know the last one was not Rami's fault…yea w/e… Was it his fault that spidey was mute? was it his fault that peter spent more time with his dead uncle ben in flashbacks scenes then he did fighting crime??

    C'mon i liked 1&2 as much as the next person and hated 3 for the destruction of the greatest villian im the Spider-Man universe! Listen i think the truth is this reboot needs to happen and its funny all u fanboys (im one 2) are crying about this reboot the same way alot of you were like Ledger can never do what Jack did for the Joker blah blah blah and now all of us hold TDK up on a mantle.

    So im guessing the crying will continue till Webb,paramount,sony and marvel give us something that we will never forget……”The Rebirth of the greatest Marvel hero of all time….Spider-Man!!!!”

    UPDATE: Plus i think if its anything like New comics on XD Disney it will be great..why? Well it has everything we want, for one Peter is a science whiz, he has more then one love intrest,the villians are supporting members of the story arc and provide Peter a chance to learn about what it takes to be Spider-Man.

    I support the reboot with Marc at the helm i think he will bring new life to this story and please ive already read from diffrent sources that have read the script penned by vanderbilt that there is no origin story here we start off with Peter already being Spdiey.

    I think we will see a flashback montouge in the opening credits but other then that there will be no Origin story here…Beleive in Webb and i know its hard but beleive in Sony and Paramount and beleive that Marvel will be watching this more carfully and deep down inside i think they want to bring Spidey into the universe they have built in Iron Man and in Norton's Hulk, and i think sony and paramount see that as a way to cash in on the Avengers Hype and gives them a chance to cross over and bring in other heroes and villians into this franchise………Is anybody with me on this or does everyone hate this Reboot?

  5. First off, I don't think that fanboys everywhere are crying about the reboot. I think a lot of fans are appropriately concerned about the possible direction this new Spider-man saga could take. I didn't think they were all terrible, but I wasn't too attached to the previous cast (save JK Simmons). I definitely think that there are better choices out there for some of the roles, but rumors about Taylor Lautner make me want to die a little inside. I just don't want Spidey to be Twilightized. The movie will sell itself. They don't need to throw in teen heart throbs to draw a crowd. Bottom Line: Get a Peter Parker that can convincingly drop a good one liner in the heat of battle.

  6. Why do I feel we will get that space we need? That the reboot wont 'reboot' as scheduled and they'll have to jumpstart it a few years later.

  7. I dont think so i see them getting this done and maybe filming the movies all at once like they wanted to do from the begining but could not because of creative diffrences in where they wanted to go with movies. Remember that Vanderbilt already had 5&6 wrote as a “Reboot” so this was going to happen either way, now that he was already working on 5&6 he worked backwards to finish 4 and that to me is the best part of all he already had a new image for Peter/Spidey so all he had to do was introduce him and that's why they are so sure they can get this out by 2012 the scripts are already there and if like i said they film back to back to back this franchise is going to break all kinds of records…….

  8. I had a really horrible thought yesterday. I was on Yahoo and they were showing a picture of Hayden Panatierre from Heroes with her hair dyed red. The first thing in my mind was that she was going for the part of MJ. THEN I thought that it would be a horrible, horrible casting mistake. I sure hope that I am dead wrong!!!

  9. The plans are already laid out and they are NOT filming the movies back to back. They want to see how Webb handles the first before handing him the reigns.

  10. James Franco said it best “comics themselves have different artists and writers”

    But – “I think for the viewers you want a little space [between Raimi's and Webb's flicks], so you can get everyone else out of your head.”

    Well Spiderman 3 was released in 2007 and we're not going to get the new film until 2012. I think 5 years is plenty of space. If I had to wait that long between issues of Amazing Spiderman…………argh! :-)

    Heck I got everyone else out of my head as soon as the credits started rolling, except for some of the supporting cast. :-)

    As for Kirsten Dunst, good riddance. I still can't fathom why she was cast as MJ. A truly off the mark performance.

    @Kofi

    With “Iron Man” we got a film that is mature, more realistic, faithful and in tune with the original source material. Thanks to Mr Jon Favreau & MARVEL STUDIOS who know the character inside out. In the end I don't mind the idea of a reboot. I can just imagine RDJ saying something. :-)

    I'm not going to idolize one film maker over the next. For me I love my super hero comic books and so the more movies they make the better, whether they're re- telling an old story or introducing new ones.

    Mr Sam Raimi & Sony had their own vision and it never truly emulated the maturity, the character definitions especially with the lead roles, the realism or integrity of the comic books. Only in aesthetics did the trilogy actually achieve something.

  11. Actually, Andy, the red hair thing is just the next stylish trend in Hollywood. I remember them reporting this either last winter or last summer. But i hope she's not MJ either, because you never know.

  12. I give the casting crew of Spiderman credit for actually picking a real red-head to play the part of a red-headed character. Unlike the casting crew of FOX who chose a brunette (Famke Jansen) to play the red-headed Jean Grey. One of the worst casting choices ever. Ten years ago I thought Angie Everhart would have been a better jean grey during the 2000 x-men, and I still think so. She looks just like Redd.

    I like Dunst. She is a very good actress in my opinion, and a cute lady. Frankly, i didn't mind her as MJ.

    Furthermore, i didn't think the Spiderman series needed a reboot (although i wouldn't mind this one, providing it follows the comics, and has an excellent plot, and makes sense). I say…just start off where raimi's spiderman left off, but let the Sandman be the only villain, since they didn't do him justice in S3.

  13. Dunst was THE worst casting decision made in the Spidey movies….until Topher Grace was cast as Venom. She was ok as NJ in the first film, mediocre in the 2nd and downright awful in the 3rd. MJ is supposed to be a smoking hot supermodel, not some plain jane, girl next door. I just hope they remedy that mistake in the reboot.

  14. @HG 1

    I like Kirsten Dunst as an actress. I think she's a very fine actress but for me, she just failed to fully convince me as MJ.

    I also don't think she is a real red-head. I thought I read somewhere they dyed her hair for Spiderman 3 and that she wore a wig for the first two films. I could be wrong. :-)

    Anyway, it doesn't matter, I'm looking forward to seeing her in other films though.

    As for Spiderman, I really do hope they don't go down the Twilight path. That'll just freak me out. :-()

    And what can one say about Fox Abattoirs that hasn't been said already. I wonder now that the MARVEL / DISNEY merger has taken place, how soon before they start buying back all film rights to Marvel characters.

    Maybe then we'll get faithful and accurate representations of these characters on the big screen. :-)

  15. I don't really understand why everyone is saying it's way too soon. If the new Spider-Man movie comes out in 2012 it will have been five years. I already feel like it's been forever since Spider-Man 3 came out. I mean sure, franchises usually take much longer than this one to be rebooted, but by 2012, the old trilogy is not going to feel so recent in my mind.

  16. I one hundred percent agree with your “space between movies” comment. I just posted the same thing without having read your post haha.

  17. I think it feels recent since we just learned that Spiderman 4 was not going to happen with Tobey McGuire. So, the actual time between the franchises will feel, at least to me, to be between now and whenever that new movie comes out.

  18. I love Franco's sincerity, him being big fan of herbology makes him a lot more open and honest. Yes the viewers do need space not two years. Try five at least.

  19. They'll see how it handles, but if it handles badly they're just going to reboot again or keep making promises like Fox. They aint tryin to let Spidey go.

  20. I'm so happy they are rebooting spidey Sam was screwing it up maybe the next director will not look at venom and think hey I wonder if I can get mini-me to play him and if not I'll get topher grace he's small enough

  21. Andy S you are 100% correct. Some actors don't fit(casting wises) as their prospective characters but have acting chops to make you forget that they look nothing like the character. But Dunst just didn't have it at all. MJ is a spicy and sassy hot typical New Yorker chic. She's the type of chic that would curse you out, slap the s**** out of you,punch you in the face and put you in your place while still being classy. MJ is NOT prissy. MJ is hot and she knows it but she still isn't stuck up, look she chose corny ass Peter Parker for Christs sake. Dunst just didn't have the attitude.

  22. Andy S you are 100% correct. Some actors don't fit(casting wises) as their prospective characters but have acting chops to make you forget that they look nothing like the character. But Dunst just didn't have it at all. MJ is a spicy and sassy hot typical New Yorker chic. She's the type of chic that would curse you out, slap the s**** out of you,punch you in the face and put you in your place while still being classy. MJ is NOT prissy. MJ is hot and she knows it but she still isn't stuck up, look she chose corny ass Peter Parker for Christs sake. Dunst just didn't have the attitude.

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