Writer Hired For Spider-Man 5 & 6

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:38 pm,

spider man 4 5 Writer Hired For Spider Man 5 & 6

According to Variety, James Vanderbilt has been picked up by Sony Pictures Entertainment to pen the scripts to another two Spider-Man films.

What’s interesting about this is that Vanderbilt had initially written the first script for Spider-Man 4, a script that director Sam Raimi wasn’t fully in support of. Raimi brought in other writers to do several re-writes but executives at Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios actually liked Vanderbilt’s ideas.

That’s a tad worrisome seeing how Raimi was involved with the mess that was Spider-Man 3 and Marvel Studios has been dead-on with their first two films; Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

A big issue here is that there’s no confirmation on whether or not any of the key players will return for another two installments. Raimi was doubtful of doing a fourth but he eventually came back aboard, as did its star Tobey Maguire with the help of an insanely big contract.

Raimi will be a very busy man after Spider-Man 4 with a ton of projects in development and his position in kickstarting another massive franchise, World of Warcraft, so it’s possible he may not be around to film back-to-back large-scale superhero films. Either way, Spider-Man is the headline franchise for Sony Pictures and their biggest money-maker. They want to be ready to continue the franchise and not have to wait many years in-between future installments.

Apparently, if Raimi and his cast doesn’t return for the 5th and 6th interconnected Spidey adventures, Vanderbilt’s script would act as a franchise re-boot.

I’m actually fine with that so long as we don’t get a complete re-hash of the origins story. They nailed that down well in the first Spider-Man film and I want to see new villains that haven’t been touched on in the franchise yet. They could even re-cast the lead with a new director and just continue if they wanted to – It almost happened with Jake Gyllenhaal back with the first sequel.

Spider-Man 4 is a real test for Sam Raimi as he’s in full control of it, unlike the situation with the last one. We’ve already seen some of that control with the re-writes of the script so I’m curious how good the next installment will be. If it’s not, I’m all for a different direction with 5 & 6.

What do you think of this news and what storylines and villains could be included with Spider-Man 5 & 6?

Spider-Man 4 is set to begin production early next year for a May 6, 2011 opening.

Source: Variety

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  1. Please, please reboot.

    I guess it’s hard to keep Tobey out of the 4th and 5th, with his $50 million contract – he only has to stare to earn it – so there probably won’t be a reboot anytime soon. I’d love a decent Spider-Man franchise, with for example Jeremy Renner as Spidey, David Fincher directing, and Daredevil as one of Spidey’s rivals or something. I don’t have special villain wishes, but someone we haven’t seen before would be nice.

    All wishful thinking until 2021…

  2. I really dont think tobey maguire did a good job at all in the first 3. He is so dull! Spiderman/Peter should be witty and quirky and charasmatic all of which tobey isnt, he just looks the part.

    As much as I love Raimi, I wouldnt mind a new director… I dont think a reboot is necessary at all, except for maybe for venom (although even that could be fixed by introducing Mac Gargan as scorpion in the next film then letting him become venom in future films)… But in theory im against a reboot because we will have to spend the first half of the film dealing with the origin again which (as said in the article) was already done perfectly in spidey 1.

    what I really wish is for Sony Pictures to relinquish their hold of Spiderman and return it to Marvel studios so they can have a go at a Spidey movie.

    As for villains I would like to see The Lizard and Hobgoblin

    or they could go the nolan batman route and focus on a mob based story, like season two of the new spiderman cartoon… with Tombstone, hammerhead, silvermaine and doc ock vying for control of the organiised crime world

  3. Is this good or bad? I’m not sure.

  4. Spiderman 3 was such a piece of crap that I don’t even care about this film anymore, and besides that they are making all the wrong decisions.

  5. If Spiderman 5 and 6 are gonna have a connected storyline then they may be doing the Sinister Six or something.

  6. I never really liked the Spiderman movies, I’ll give that the first one is excellent but other than that I never really liked them.

  7. I think it’s too early to think on “reboot”. I’ve been wishing for a long time now for Marvel to gain back control of ALL its properties. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see that supeheroes know there are others out there doing the same job?

  8. I agree. If “Spiderman 4″ sucks THEN a reboot should be considered, and with what I’ve been hearing theres a good chance it will.

  9. OK, enough talk of “reboot”.
    Some movies work, others don’t.You don’t start from square one just because a movie is flat. That’s just stupid. Hopefully the next one will be better.
    Avi Arad was the problem on three with his insistance of Venom, a sci-fi concept that frankly doesn’t sit all that well with the Spidey universe, popular or not. And now he is gone. Good.
    Spidey 4 I’m certain will be back on track. Hey, come on, let’s have a little faith here, Raimi gave us Spidey three, didn’t he? -with no interference!
    This article is a bit omininous since it seems Columbia wants to barrel ahead with OR without Raimi.
    More interference.

  10. Hulk got its reboot just 5 years later, which I agree was a bit fast, but why not?

  11. Sorry, guys:
    What I meant to say Raimi gave us a great Spidey 2 (and 1,come to think of it) without interference. 4 should be great.

  12. OMG! Are they serious? I really think they have spent enough time on spider-man it may have brought in the bucks but they should start focusing on unveiling other marvel characters not just spider-man. I would really like them to bring out the moon knight or captain america, instead of a 4,5,6 installment of spider-man.

  13. Reboot: not necessary this soon.

    Villians: time for the Lizard subplot to grow fruit in part 4.

    Raimi/Maguire: if they leave after 4, I can live with it.

    As long as I get a sweet Hot Toys movie Spidey, I’m good.

  14. Ok sometimes all types of confirmations rushes out too quickly. I don`t think they should do a SM6, also the Venom spinoff is a very bad idea, PLEASE SONY CANCEL THE VENOM SPINOFF I`M BEGGING OVER MY OWN GRAVE F-ING CANCEL THE VENOM SPINOFF AND ONLY DO 5 MOVIES IN THIS FRANCHISE DON`T YOU SEE WHAT YOU`RE DOING YOU`RE MAKING THESE DECISIONS TOO QUICKLY ONLY DO 5 MOVIES AND ALSO PLEASE DON`T MAKE PETER PARKER ALREADY GET MARRIED AND HAVE A CHILD IN SM4 I HAVE A FEELING YOU GUYS ARE TREATING THIS SPIDERMAN CHARACTER LIKE SOMEONE YOU DON`T HAVE TO TAKE SERIOUSLY AND JUST MAKE OF FROM WHATEVER YOU WANT WITH IT SONY YOU`RE MAKING A MISTAKE YOU`RE NOT DOING ANYTHING GOOD TO THIS FRANCHISE BY MAKING THESE DECISIONS SO QUICKLY IF I WERE YOU I WOULD HESITATE BEFORE SEEING HOW YOU`RE FRANCHISE WILL TURN OUT WITH YOUR PLANS

  15. @ LikeItMuch,

    Different studios man, Spider-Man is Sony’s property so they have nothing to do with Marvel Studios’ Captain America film – they don’t affect each other at all.

  16. For this one it`s Scorpion and Lizard for me then introduce Cletus KassaDY and set Venom`s return up for Part 5. Rocket Europa, SM3 was both Sam and the Studio`s fault for not thinking to save him for later but I disagree, he can fit with the Spidey universe if he isn`t as powerful as he was in the comics and a sci-fi concept isn`t inproper for Spiderman, he`s a mature character who doesn`t try to praise things too dimensionally.

  17. SONY I`M SERIOUS, CANCEL THE VENOM SPINOFF PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. 404

    a venom movie will b great, stop your bitching and go to grammar school. Venom will br great if they set up mac gargan in the spiderman movies and make him venom.

    or just ignore eddies death in s3

  19. No a Venom spinoff won`t be great, go on thinking you`re cool telling me to stop “bithching”. he only got 15 minutes in SM3, and Raimi acted like a baby to already kill him off. it was too early for him, but it wasn`t abdnormal for the fans to want him in a SM film at all, so if they see him and crng in the venom film instead of SM the studio will act completely selfish, that shood b saved for part 5, though.

  20. You c i knew that`s wat someone was gonna tell him, “leave it for the venom spinoff.” so predictable.

  21. SAM RAIMI, PRODUCERS PLEASE JUST PUT A TINY PUT OF HORROR VIOLENCE IN THESE NEXT 2 FILMS OTHER THAN ACTION FIGHTING VIOLENCE TO SCARE THE AUDIENCE I NEED SPIDERMAN TO BE FOR EVERY AGE PLEASE MAKE IT MORE PG-13 TYPE PLEASE DON`T DROP IT TO A PG RATING IF IT`S COMPLETELY UNDARK THERE`S NO DRAMA AND WITHOUT DRAMA THE FILMS SUCK ALSO PLEASE DON`T TONE DOWN THE LIZARD`S CHARACTER IN THIS ONE BEING AFRAID YOU`LL FRIGHTEN KIDS TOO MUCH IT CAN STILL BE PG-13 PLEASE NEVER EVER TONE DOWN A VILLAIN`S CHARACTER PLEASE MAKE SOME DRAMATIC VIOLENCE IN THE NEXT FILMS OTHER THAN FIGHTING BUT COME ON IT`S NOT REAL ALTHOUGH I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO FEEL IT.

  22. Ok, so we don`t know what`s gonna happen in this movie yet, but since the end of last year it seemed like the rumor in 2007 about carnag being confirmed as a SM4 villain wasn`t true and now that he`s not even gonna be in part 5 so why hasn`t it been news on any site yet wen morbius was? And i kept hearing people say doing carnage in a Sm film as well venom was and would be a huge mistake, and that the studio should learn their lesson from sm3 and give control back to raimi, you see, people just love to use the word “mistake”, because they like to make things sound scary such as if someone threw a comet into a cracked layer of the earth causing massive destruction all over the world. First of all, Raimi wasn`t “blocked” from having control over s3 at all, dipnewbies, he was just being convinced to put stuff in there, so pretty much it was both sam and the producers fault. And second of all, just because the symbiotes are too evil and extreme in the comics does that mean it has to be the same in the movie? And even if the fans have read a volume with Venom they probably watched how they did it in the cartoon, and they probably played the Playstation 1 videogame. And people say that it can`t be “translated” well to the big screen, i`m really not sure if people know what they mean when they say these things. If they only had the abilities to shoot tentacles from their suit and poison and share strength higher and faster than Spiderman, and maybe if Venom had the ability to turn invisible only once if necessary then what`d be so terrible? Also they already put all the special effects together making Sandman turn about 100ft. big twice in the movie, come on, they should be able to figure out how to make these carcters work somhow, Venom was somthing new to the screen that`s why the fans wanted him, it was a bit early, but still, spidey`s already faced 3 very challenging villins, and u shood ov liked how venum turned out in 3 if u hated how he was in the comics. still save that for part 5, but it would be a very creepy, dramatic, etc… story, it wouldn`t lead into a Batman and Robin reboot. The fans NEED to c wat it`d b like to see them together on screen, and if they c it in the venom film instead wen Doctor connors still has the symbiote it`s not going to be fair to them. Obviously it hasn`t been mentioned that it`s dead, right? and if they see that the story just ends that way it wouldn`t be right.

  23. I`m honestly sick of hearing this “too many villain” opinion gossip, if u go down to 1 or 2 villains all that is is an easier take for Spiderman, and i couldn`t be surprised it worked for TDK, but i`ve seen Superman 2 work ok with 3 villains, and superman was a much harder franchise to shoot than Spiderman. Any amount of villains can work if there`s a great script and if they take as long as they need to make each villain work. SM3 only failed because they didn`t have enough time or that the movie wasn`t long enough. I really don`t see why people accuse S3 over it`s “number of villains” or “length”. What would be so wrong with using lots of villains once in a while, there`s plenty of time in about 2 hrs. and 15 min. to get each villain fighting Spiderman if you take as long as you need. It`s just each of the villain`s screentime gets sacrificed. But it doesn`t matter depending how well they`re all built up together, and in S3 Spiderman was only facing one villain at a time until the end. So the” number of villains” in 3 pretty much equaled 2 villains, if they couldn`t even handle 2 villains in a SM film i`d be so confused and really angered, also what was interesting about SM3 is that none of those villains had a relationship with eachother, so wen u have 3 villains with nothing in common except that they`re all extreme it should be cool how they`re all mixed in, you know. Probably the reason why 2 of them team up is because spiderman already took them down 1 at a time, hencing how u can make them have a believable relationship there. Also the “length” i feel is such a tiny thing to complain about it`s not even worth explaining why. But seriously, this franchise is completely messed up. I don`t know about doing more than 4 movies guys, Lots of the good villains were used too early, like the Green Goblin. Green Goblin shouldn`t have stopped waiting until Spiderman 3, also the Lizard? I think it`s much late to bring his story in, i actually think that part 2 would`ve been the right time for Lizard. But it doesn`t really matter cuz all SMs have still sucked, and for the ones who disagree about 2, the film just wasn`t action-packed. So the only way to make this franchise right is if Spidey and Venom team up against Carnage/Lizard, that`s the way the franchise is supposed to go, now WHy do we need to change that? villains like Shocker, Rhino, Vulture, the “classic” comic book villains would be too ordinary for the trail of the series, and it`s the only way to have a bigger challenge than Sandman and Venom, but they`re probably not going to do that cuz they`re already writing the script, i don`t know what to say guys, there are many problems that consist from the beginning of this franchise.

  24. the molten man and electro should be picked as possible villians for spiderman 3&4,they will make very fine choice’s

  25. Electro yes. Molten man no.

    Hobgoblin, Lizard, vultue, morbius, kraven and electro are my picks

    Hobgobln could work like Joker in TDK, dont give him a backstory just have him find normans old goblin stash and just have him in costume for the whole film.The goblins are by far spidermans most fierce opponenets

  26. Those won`t give Spidey harder than 3, seriously

  27. Hey, who said give Spidey a child in Sm4? WHAT, ARE YOU SERIOUS THEY`RE GOING TO MAKE pTER AND MJ GET MARRIED AND HAVE A CHILD THAt quickly, WTH! THAT`S ZIPPING ON 2 FAST, MARVEL YOU`RE WRONGH U CAN`T MAKE THAT DECISION TOO FAST R U CRAZY CANCEL THAT FROM THE SM4 SCRIPT PLSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

  28. HEY, I`M SERIOUS, SONY IF YOU DO MORE THAN 4 SPIDERMAN`S I WILL BE REALLY INFURIATED USE VENOM, CARNAGE, AND LIZARD CARACTERS IN THIS ONE AND THAT`S THE FInal FILM AND THAT`S IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT`S BEST TO TRY WHAT CAN FIX UP SOMETHING, SO ENOUGH SAID FOR SM4!!!!

  29. Hey all,

    Bruce Campbell to have “Major Role” in Spidey 4 and many speculate that means he could play a villain.

    http://screenrant.com/bruce-campbell-spiderman-4-villain-rob-25476/

    Any guess as to who?

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