In October, we reported that Sam Raimi would be too busy to film the next Jack Ryan film due to scheduling conflicts with the upcoming Spiderman 4. In his quote Raimi suggested that filming for Spiderman 4 could begin in March of 2010.

Well, as of today, it looks like he was pretty accurate.

At the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, MTV got a chance to speak to actor J.K. Simmons. Simmons plays everyone’s favorite Daily Bugle head honcho, J. Jonah Jameson and he revealed that he will be returning in his famous role and that shooting will begin in 2010.

He also stated that he knows this from speaking with Raimi at a Christmas party over the holidays. This news confirms earlier speculation and reports of possible shooting and release dates.

That’s great news to hear – J.K. Simmons is one of the best parts of the Spiderman films and I’m excited to see the franchise rebound from the messy and disappointing Spiderman 3.

And if you missed it, check out our update from a couple of weeks ago to find out who Sam Raimi would like to see as a potential villain and who else we think may play a big role in the film.

Are you happy that Jonah Jameson will be back and probably more bitter than ever?

Spiderman 4 is expected to launch the summer slate of films for 2011 with a May release date.

Source: MTV