Spider-Man 4 Cancelled! [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 6th, 2012 at 6:31 pm,

spider man 4 cancelled Spider Man 4 Cancelled! [Updated]

Breaking News: Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are out of Spider-Man 4! Sony moving forward with Franchise reboot.

Well, I kind of saw this coming. Spider-Man 4 with its issues over villains, Sony vs. Raimi disputes and delays is now confirmed dead.

Many of our readers agreed with what I said in our last post on the confirmed delay of Spider-Man 4 in that perhaps Raimi and Sony should simply part ways and they can take the franchise in another direction or start from scratch.

Now it is confirmed from Nikki Finke and Mike Fleming at Deadline Hollywood that the cast and director have pulled out entirely and Sony will instead go the route of the reboot with Jamie Vanderbilt’s script.

This was bound to happen after the mess of Spider-Man 3 and I’m a little surprised it took this long for Raimi and Sony to part ways considering he was seemingly promised creative control of this fourth installment after being somewhat of a puppet for the studio the last go in terms of villain selections.

According to Finke and Fleming’s sources, Raimi told Sony that he cannot make their scheduled release date and in response, the heads of Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures were not fond of the idea of replacing the director or waiting, so they will instead do what many fans want and reboot the franchise all together.

When Marvel Studios moved Thor into Spider-Man 4′s key release date at the opening weekend of summer 2011, we knew Spider-Man 4 was officially on the move but it’s a little surprising to see that turn into a full blown cleansing of the slate so to speak.

I guess John Malkovich won’t be getting that final script treatment for his role as the Vulture after all…

The good news is that this ties into my theory of Spider-Man 5 & 6 being reboots anyway, interconnected with the Venom movie.

Does this news break your heart or make you cry for joy? What do you want to see from the reboot?

[Update 1: Sony Pictures Tweeted that the reboot will see Peter Parker back in High School and that the film will come in 2012 as opposed to Spider-Man 4′s May 2011 planned release date]

[Update 2: Sony put put their official press release on the matter - See below]

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.”

The studio will have more news about Spider-Man in 2012 in the coming weeks as it prepares for production of the film.

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Source: Deadline Hollywood

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  1. Spider-Man 1-3 are still all so recent and were all very popular movies. This isn’t the hulk. I think it will be a lot harder for the general movie audience to accept a total reboot for a franchise that hasn’t really faded away yet.

    I am interested to see how this will turn out, but I don’t expect anything good.

  2. Wow that’s crazy. I’m in shock.

  3. WOW!!!! I can admit that I’m shocked about the decision. I kinda hope that Disney/Marvel can regain the rights back to Spider-man for the Reboot. I would probably want to see Venom the most in the remake since he was completely destroyed in Spiderman 3.

  4. There IS a God! And he is good!

  5. This, to me, is actually very good news. Spiderman isn’t hard to do if all the parts are moving in the same direction. Sony and Rami were not going to see eye to eye and without that Spiderman 4 was going to be bad. Now Bony will get someone who will use their vision. That is a plus no matter how good Rami had don on the first 2 films. Also, the cast should now get the upgrade it needs. I know people like actors to own their characters for all time, but i am ready for a new group. This is a good day for Spiderman, a much better day that if it was announced that Rami and Sony were all of a sudden moving forward while at odds.

  6. Wow… I am shocked since I just finished reading that John Malkovich was cast as the Vulture, and now they are cancelling it… Can’t really be too suprised though, everyone deep down inside knew this was coming, especially with the delay. This could be a good thing but i don’t know since studios with too much control over a project always tend to ruin things. But I do think that fixing the SpiderMan franchise was possible. All they really had to do was recast the Venom with someone muscular and with hair who looks like Eddie Brock(have him appear into one of the movie’s sequels that would tie it to the Venom spin off film), just say that the time he was away he bulked up to take his revenge on Spidey and there you have a movie. Kill off Gwen Stacy and add the little details they feel neccessary that stays true to the comic book. But this could also be a good thing, I never like Kristen Dunst, she was never sassy or sexy enough to live up to MJ, Tobey Maguire was ok, but a recast was always necessary in my eyes.

  7. I guess “careful what you wish for” never meant so much. See if fans are happy without Raimi.

  8. Spider-Man 1 & 2 were both good films but 3 was something so atrocious that it would almost makes twilight good (appropriately enough there is the “dark” scene with Peter walking down the street looking like a happy Goth-kid). This seems to be a reoccurring theme within the Marvel movies, a 3 and out series (that is, you can’t really move on with the X-Men series after the much-hyped and much-faltered X3 film). Unlike the X-Men trilogy there was still some room for development within the Spider-Man world (ie, Carnage, Chameleon or keeping with the modern vampire love, Morbius) so this still does come as some surprise but as I said once to an ex; ultimately this is probably for the best. At this junction my biggest thought is with the Avengers movie as there was potential to bring Spider-Man into the fold (either as an artistic/marketing take as a founding member or in future Avengers projects), so if that road is ever travelled I wonder if Toby is used in that role or whoever they use to re-boot the series.

  9. Just give the rights back to Marvel.

  10. wow, this is a good turn for hollywood!
    but why do a reboot so soon?
    the last generation, us, that have seen spiderman have seen him as Tobey, so wait at least 10 years, and pick a different superhero in the meantime

  11. Too soon to reboot. The whole Spiderman trilogy was very lucrative with 1 & 2 being good solid movies. 3? Meh…

    To go back now and reboot is a mistake. A recast and new director won’t hurt, but keep it going forward! Don’t “go back to high school”.

    Stupid Sony…

  12. I am glad that they are moving forward without Raimi. I am cautiously optimistic. I dunno about the “back in high school” thing. I would like to see a more adult Spider-man. We will see.


    I can see your point about it not really fading away yet. HOWEVER, I think you are wrong about the Hulk. That was more of a “Re-quel” than a full on reboot. They didn’t do an origin story. Superman returns was (to a lesser extent) also a requel as it was not an origin story (though it was sort of a remake of Superman 1).

    I think we all know how it happens with Spider-Man, so I hope they take the same approach as Hulk and reboot it sometime after he has already become Spider-Man.

    So now the question is? WHO IS THE VILLAIN GONNA BE?

  13. Is anyone else besides me getting sick and tired of the reboot hell we call Hollywood?

  14. first off let me say that i own spiderman 3 merely to complete the collection. I was at a loss as to how Raimi could make such a movie, i did however like thomas hayden church as sandman, those parts of the movie he was in were actually watchable, topher grace as venom?? Howie Long could have played a better venom lol!! or maybe a young brian bosworth hahaha sorry i was trying to be funny there….

    This is good news i think. Putting peter back in high school sounds like they are going more towards the Ultimate Spiderman side of things. Will i see it? Yeah im a comic book nut so i will see it, whether i enjoy it another story all together….its sad though that raimi did such a good job with the first two movies.

    May spiderman live to swing again someday lol with good villains and without sony needing to put their input in…word to the wise sony, just because its hot now doesnt mean the villain would fly in a movie…you should have let raimi do his movie HIS way you would have made a lot of money…too bad so sad lol

  15. @TrekFreak

    “Is anyone else besides me getting sick and tired of the reboot hell we call Hollywood?”

    Remakes? Yes. Reboots? No, not if the properties need it. Spider-Man sounds like it needs it.

    I draw a line of distinction between remakes and reboots. Star Trek (Reboot). Batman Begins (Reboot). I Am Legend (Remake). Oceans 11 (Remake). I guess the way I see it is “properties” and franchises are “rebooted” like Batman, James Bond, Star Trek. FILMS are remade like the ones I mentioned. James Bond after all, is rebooted every time there is a new actor, but the term “reboot” has only been a recent one so it is only applied to Casino Royale.

    What I am really for is Hollywood not making crappy films, thereby negating the need for most reboots. Sadly, that is not realistic.

  16. I wonder if Disney had anything to do with this.

  17. For those wondering why so soon, one of the problems Sony had with Raimi even before this mess was having to wait so long between Spider-Man installments since they bring in so much cash.

    This is why they had James Vanderbilt write his scripts for Spider-Man 5 & 6 to work as potential reboot material if it came down to that. I knew there would be no way Raimi would direct another after 4 so this made sense:



  18. After waiting so long for Spider-Man 3 to come out, just to have it turn out to be crap, was exhausting. And now they’re aiming for a 2012 reboot with Parker back in High School. After Drag Me to Hell, I was excited to see Raimi return to Spider-Man for one final go; as if it were a chance for the franchise to redeem itself.

    So I am a little disappointed.

    Hopefully the reboot will be more in tune with the comics.

  19. Hm. I didn’t like most of the casting decisions with Spiderman to begin with, so this is probably for the best. Although judging by SM3, when Sony supposedly took control from Raimi.. having Sony run the show from the start might not be for the best.

    I’m just sad I’ll never see JK Simmons as J Jonah Jameson again. He was perfect in that role.

  20. very happy. i was sick of toby migure and kirsten dunst. also very sick of spiderman.i thought spiderman 1 was a b movie and the other 2 c movies.

  21. I think this is HORRIBLE news.. I honestly can not see anyone filling in the shoes of Tobey Maguire. Kristen Dunst maybe, but think of how awkward it’ll be seeing a new Peter Parker. And knowing studios now a days they’ll probably get someone like a Jonas Brother to play Peter Parker. Sony should have just let Sam Raimi do his work and shut up. He would have done wonders with The Vulture and John Malkovich!

    The only good news is that Harry won’t die. But, bad news to go with that James Franco won’t play him.

    @ jbird71
    You think it’s actually good that Sony is going to get a new director who will go along with what THEY want in the film? From my understanding, they wanted Spider-Man 3 the way it came out and look how that turned out.

    Sony is going to ruin Spider-Man.

    ~~~R.I.P. Spider-Man movies~~~

  22. @JS

    wow… dial down the hyperbole machine a little there.

    “SURE TO FAIL?” Yeah right. It is Spider-Man.

    And why you gotta pick on Rob? He is doing his due diligence to bring us the news as it happens. The only personal opinion he gave was that it was bound to happen and that he saw it coming. And that is true.

  23. M-Cat says: “See if fans are happy without Raimi.” My sentiments exactly. I’m happy for Raimi though.

    Now, get Venom on the screen so they can get him the F*N over with! I’m sick and tired of hearin all the wine about him. Him and Carnage are just two of the many villains in the gallery and focusing so, so much on him is the same mistake that’s been made with Superman and Lex Luthor. By the time Marvel gets the franchise back it will be worthless. Heil with an origin movie just get a script with Venom and Carnage. Get them both OUT of the way…

  24. I think this is a good idea. I hope they don’t redo the origin story though. Those aren’t always that exciting. So, everything is reset, right? I know it’s a reboot but I just want to make sure haha. So Harry is still alive and nothing in the past movies has happened, right?

  25. I have never heard that Spiderman 3 came out the way they wanted, aside from maybe at the box office. From what i understood, they wanted venom while Rami wanted Sandman and Vulture. The basic idea of using Venom was not bad, but the fact that the director wanted nothing to do with hurt the movie. I said it was a good thing that both the director and studio will now be on the same page. That was not the case in Spiderman 3 and as a result you got a poor movie. In the future, you should have everyone moving in the same direction. That is good.

  26. I am not sure if this will work as well in the movies, but I miss the wise-cracking-joking spiderman all while fighting the bad guy in the comics. Did Toby ever smile in the movies besides flexing his muscles in front of the mirror in the first one?

  27. Speachless

  28. @JS

    The ability to generate money does not make a film good. Phantom Menace was the #5 Box-Office ranking in the US (#7 World Wide). Is this because the film is good? Nope. It’s because it rode the coat-tails of a previously successful series. The acting in Phantom was terrible, the plot made little sense and there was little tension. This is the same with Spider-Man 3. There is too much going on in the film, it was poorly written and blew an opportunity to really develop Venom. Spider-Man 3 was poorly received by most critics and from what I’m deriving from your comments, if you didn’t like the movie you are a moron (and thus if I read you correctly, most critics are morons). If you liked the film, good for you. You’ve clearly seen something in the film that escapes most of its viewers above the age of 12. I happen to think that Spider-Man 3 was a load of fecal matter and although I’m not sold on the re-boot yet, I wouldn’t call Mr. Keyes a moron just because he didn’t like the same movie that you clearly did.

  29. They should delay it another year and realease the reboot in 2013. 2012 is still to soon hell 2013 is also but it’s better. Spiderman 3 may have left a bad taste, but one and two are still held in high regard and haven’t yet faded to fond memories. Venom is my fave bad guy in the Spiderman franchise and I’d love to see him done right by save him for part two in this new spidey franchise do not do him in the first movie. Peter will be too young and the Venom botch job is to recent. Start off with anyone but venom, lizard, or Green Goblin. Given the current trends in society Morbius would probably fit in nicely and it would be a fresh bad guy so they can have some sense of originality.

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