Spider-Man Reboot Budget & Origins

Published 5 years ago by , Updated January 22nd, 2010 at 8:19 pm,

spider man reboot Spider Man Reboot Budget & Origins

Yesterday the rumors that director Marc Webb would helm the Spider-Man reboot came true via an official press release from Sony Pictures. With that out of the way, rumors can shift back on to who will play Peter Parker and what the film will be about.

A concern from the press release yesterday for many of us was a segment where Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, hinted at a re-hashing of Spider-Man’s origins. In describing Marc Webb’s choice and the setting of Peter Parker being back in high school, she says the reasoning behind this decision was that “so the audience could experience his sense of discovery.”

As we know, we’ve already dealt with the whole radioactive spider thing and him learning how to climb walls. We do not need that again, especially so soon. Well, according to insiders who’ve seen the script, Peter Parker may be Spider-Man from the beginning and we won’t get a full replay of his origins. Good.

According to HitFix’s Drew McWeeny, some who have seen the script tell him that Peter Parker is already Spider-Man from the beginning of the story. What that means in terms of the story reflecting back on uncle Ben dying or to the event that transformed him, we don’t know.

As for who lands the career-defining role as the web-slinging hero? You can immediately knock off the vast majority of rumors out there naming actors in their mid-to-late 20s or early 30s. Peter Parker will be back in high school and they’re seeking an age-appropriate actor who’s relatively unknown. Sorry Rob Pattinson and Jim Sturgess fans.

It’s All Business

The reason this reboot is happening and happening super fast is for money. Sony made it clear a while ago that they are not interested in waiting 3 or more years in between installments into this highly profitable franchise and this is why they tasked James Vanderbilt with writing reboot scripts for Spider-Man 5 & 6 before Spider-Man 4 even went into production.

In addition to the dispute over story elements and villain choices between Raimi and Sony Pictures for Spider-M4N, a big reason for the cancellation was that Raimi said to them he cannot make their deadline to have the film release at the top of summer 2011. Raimi reportedly wanted a budget around $300 for the film but Sony wanted something closer to $200 million.

Why so high a budget? After three super successful installments, the cast salaries went over the roof since they were option just for the trilogy and had to re-negotiate with the cast to do a fourth.

With a reboot comes a new set of contracts which Sony can plan long term to control costs. This also works nicely with their plans to bring in a relative unknown set of cast members who do not command large contracts and who will sign long-term.

With all that said, the budget for the Spider-Man reboot is apparently in the $80 million dollar range; Much lower than what Raimi’s problematic Spider-Man 4 required and relatively small compared to most other major superhero titles.

How would you like Spidey’s second coming handled? Can such a blockbuster film be made better/worse with a lower budget?

Sources: THR, HitFix

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  1. Robert Rodriguez did “Sin City” for $40 mil and he stayed faithful to the original source material.


    I reckon if anyone can do it Robert Rodriguez could certainly do it for $80 mil.

    Whether I think Sony can remains to be seen. The cynic in me highly doubts it.

  2. Yeah man, I reckon he'd bring the wit that Spider-Man has been missing the past 3 films….I just saw him in Star Trek and he can pull off a geek really well too

  3. No as in it wouldn't ever happen or as in he'd be utterly awful?

  4. LOL

  5. DrSam, I think I like your idea. In my opinion, superhero movies don't need the entire cast to be big name actors. They don't even need 2 big names in them. I have always thought that the superhero should be played by an unknown, as the movie should be about the character and not the actor. The villain should probably be played by a known actor. Although, I do think that an all unknown cast can pull off superhero flicks if they can actually act, and the movie has an excellent plot/storyline, etc., etc., etc. Word-of-mouth (from fellow fans) is the most powerful form of advertisement for any superhero movie, and possibly for any movie at that.

  6. We can only hope.

  7. I'm still hoping for an X-men reboot. Actually, Rob, I hope your theory proves right, concerning the attention to detail and creativity, and that it is not about Sony looking to make a poor film because they know that many will come out and see it just because it is Spiderman, so as to make big bucks for themselves. The studio idea of…”let's take a well-known character or story, and put little effort into it, wait for the fans of said character or story to come out in droves to spend their money to see it, so that we can make quick big bucks,” is annoying and tiresome.

  8. Rob, but you have to remember, Halle Berry was not a $20 million earner back in 2000, neither Patrick Steart, and Hugh Jackman was not an A lister. Makes sense that the budget was that low, but i thought it was reported to be 175 million.

    Either way, I think agree with INK's earlier assertion, regarding the low payout as a result of the the unknown cast for the spidey reboot.

  9. i would like to see vincent martella from every body hate's chris.

  10. yes, now let's get hollywood to do batman beyond.

  11. I think sony has a chance to make this movies thr right way… They finally saw rhe respect IRON MAN and THE DARK KNIGHT got now they wanna try it again. Good luck!! best thing to do is let marvel studios handle everything. U listening fox? X-men, wolverine? They were so bad rights need to be sold back to marvel…

  12. i'm a pretty big fan of raimi but the franchise really lost it's focus and just became a movie with the same plot jump off moments (ie. Mary Jane is in trouble, the bad guy figures out who Spider-man is, Spiderman fights the bad guy while he needs to save a large group of people etc.)

    I'm hoping they go a little more in depth than action sequences. I'm not saying go the Batman Begins/Dark Knight route, it's not needed, but what IS needed is to show Spiderman's true inner fight with his new powers and balancing his life(which was almost realized in the first trilogy, but never quite materialized for me anyways)

    I don't know how stoked i am for this, but I'm at least excited by the prospect that studios are realizing Substance AND Style ensures longevity.

  13. Why call them Spider Man 4, 5, & 6 if they're abandoning the current format of stars and directors for a whole new approach?

  14. If I never see this film it will be too soon. Be funny if it went straight to dvd :b

  15. Why call them Spider Man 4, 5, & 6 if they're abandoning the current format of stars and directors for a whole new approach?

  16. If I never see this film it will be too soon. Be funny if it went straight to dvd :b