Spider-Man Reboot Budget & Origins

Published 4 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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TAGS: spider-man, spider-man 4, spider-man 5, spider-man 6

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  1. “so the audience could experience his sense of discovery.”

    I dont think this means the discovery of HOW he got his powers and why he does what he does.

    This discovery can be his powers to a degree in how to control them. How do you hug Aunt May without making her paste? How do you “punch” a common thug without your fist going thru his skull? How do you NOT rob a bank when no one can stop/catch/identify you?

    There is a lot of stuff about Spiderman that we fans take for granted…because we grew up with it. We are in the “know”.

  2. Go Ultimate!!!!!

  3. Wow. Sony is filled with complete idiots! I have no faith in this movie whatsoever!

  4. I'm a mega huge fan of Raimi and his Spider-Man films. But I have to say I am impressed at Sony going forward with a Spider-Man directed by Marc Webb and for only about 80 million. Usually its “let's go bigger, bigger names, bigger effects, blah blah blah”. Now, they want someone who can tell an even more intimate story and not an “action, hotshot director”. I still think they suck for going against Raimi, but in terms of the “reboot”, this is good news for that.

  5. Why not?

  6. I've said it once and I'll say it again:

    Anton Yelchin for Spider-Man!!!

    No, i'm not on his payroll…

  7. This is going to be very interesting … possibly not in a good way … but interesting nonetheless.

  8. As admirable as it is that they are willing to take a low budget approach to this movie, and while Raimi squandered the massive budgets he was given on god knows what, will it even be possible to make a Spiderman movie for $80 million????

  9. Probably considering they shouldn't have a couple $20+ million dollar salaries to pay.

  10. Yeah thats true.

    Maybe they can get someone cool in to play the villain. Maybe they could do the goblin the way it was intended in the original script, with him scarred and disfigured, a monster in rags, they had some great art work and decided the power ranger look was a better idea.

  11. Come on DrSam.. I mean how much can it cost to film inside the lunch room of a school for 2 hours? ;)

    However I would assume INK is spot on. Depending on the contract who wouldn't want to be able to make a guaranteed “x” million a year for 3 years, even if it is lower then the star before you? Not to mention other royalties.

    Actors/Directors etc should have a flat “base” then get incentive bonuses. Somewhat like NFL players. but thats another story..

  12. There will be more to it than just a lunch room I'm sure. I fail to see how a huge movie like Spiderman can be made for such a small ammount, Im not saying it isnt possible, considering watching something like 24 which is like a movie every episode, but it isnt in Hollywoods nature to make cheap blockbusters.

    That said they are guranteed a huge return if they spend so little.

    I too think the stars get paid too much, I mean come on, it is most peoples dream to be an actor and having people enjoy your work, but I suspect it is all about the money these days.

    Hopefully they will get a mostly unknown cast, maybe a big star as the villain, no origin story and show Spiderman having some fun.

    That is all I ask

  13. What about that kid in Michael Clayton who played Clooney's son?

  14. It is decisions such as this that will ultimately lower salaries in Hollywood.
    Movie Exec: “So you won't do the sequel for a little less? Then fine. Screw you. We'll reboot and pay an unknown 1/20th of your salary and they will be happy to do it. And people will see the movie because of the character, not just the actor.”

  15. I liked the first Spider-man film a lot, but the last two were just dreadful. Sony is starting to develop a pattern here like the Pirates franchise. Make a good film and then terrible sequels. Not in favor of a reboot, but I can't forgive Raimi for Spidey 3.

  16. Also… Marc Webb is only getting about $10 million for the first film. Raimi and Maguire ALONE were set to take 25% of the film's box office gross. Yeah… if I were Sony I'd be thinking a reboot is a good idea too

  17. Great article, Rob. I am curious to hear your opinion on the $80 million budget.

  18. Okay, I'm gonna take the SONY issue and their history of “is it gonna be any GOOD???” and put it waaaaay over there….
    What I like about this move is that it reflects that even a major studio has to tighten its belt a few notches because of the economy and actually PAY ATTENTION to whats working in the current economic climate instead of spoon feeding us crapola and expecting us to ante up based on a franchise's past successes (or failures…).
    I'm pretty sure that those “in charge” looked at the returns for films like District 9 and scratched their heads while asking themselves, “How in the world did they do that for $30 million????”
    Well….lets see…Good Story? check!
    Good characters that you actually care about? check!
    Special effects that move the story along without being there just to spend money? check!
    A gifted and imaginative young director left to his own devices and vision? check!

    If this is the coming of a new trend in hollywood, I, for one, welcome it with open arms :)

  19. you guys here at ScreenRant are great this is my new movie news webisite keep up tha good work!!! and keep tha news coming!! whats going on with the cap movie and whi is that pascal kid who read for the role he doesnt even have a IMDB profile…….

  20. A good story could be Spiderman getting ride of every sony executif personel.

  21. Anton Yelchin = Best idea I've heard yet. That kid's got some talent.

  22. You hit the nail on the head.

    I'm curious if this $80M includes the advertising budget as well.

  23. I havent seen (500) days of summer but i hear great things, even tho i think someone like matthew vaughn would probably have been better suited for Spider-man, i think Webb can do a good job (although part of me feels he was picked simply for his last name) and since he is the director has a previous history with one of my possible replacement spideys i think it'd be great if Joseph gordon-levitt played the new peter/spidey. yea he is a bit old (as are my other picks jim sturgess and james mcavoy) but he has experiance and gordon-levvit to me looks like he could pull off a high school aged guy pretty easily, not to mention he bears a resemblance to ultimate spidermans version of peter parker. heres hoping it him or one of my other two choices..i litterally cringe at the thought of wolf-boy laugtner playing spiderman, can someone start a petition or somthing???

  24. Also i really like the suggestion of anton yelchin, he'd be good altho he's got star trek 2 on line for 2012, which might make it impossible for him to be spidey sheduale wise. but he was great in charlie bartlett, very peter parkerish with the humor and awkwardness.

  25. I know times have changed since 2000, but X-Men was made for $75 million with a bigger cast, bigger set pieces, etc.

  26. I like it actually, Evan. I don't need crazy over-the-top special effects shots for this and it's clear the goal is to focus on character, emotions, drama, etc. Hence, Marc Webb.

    With controlled budgets comes more focus, attention to detail and creativity. And if Spider-Man is being forced into a quick reboot, it could sure use all of the above.

    And as I said above, X-Men was made for $75 million with a larger cast, larger set pieces, etc. (yes, that was a decade ago, but still).

  27. His salary is actually $10 million (out of the 80) for the one film? That doesn't sound right seeing as Favreau got $4 for Iron Man on a $140 mill budget.

  28. Nope, marketing will be entirely separate. In this case, it'll be a lot more than the production budget.

  29. Rob
    you're kidding yourself if you believe Sony actually thinks they can make a decent superhero movie for 80 mill. Stop trying to defend the studio without good reason.