My Spidey sense is telling me there's a chance we won't be getting a quality film in Spider-Man 4. How can we after what we saw from Spider-Man 3 which was plagued with too many characters, sub-par writing and apparent studio interference which forced a major character into a movie where he didn't belong, right?
Well, things were looking good for the fourth installment however, where director Sam Raimi would again helm, promising that this time he would be in "full control" of the movie unlike last time around. When he said that, he should have clarified that he wouldn't actually have much control at all... because he doesn't.
Just prior to the holidays, our friends at IESB had the exclusive scoop on the startling news that there are issues behind the scenes involving a dispute over what villain(s) should appear in the film and an incomplete script because of it. While some out there said this couldn't be the case, it is now being confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter.
IESB’s report said the following:
An inside source working on the project tells IESB that there are some major issues director Sam Raimi is dealing with that include an incomplete script. And why is the script incomplete? Looks like Raimi and the studio heads at Sony Pictures can’t agree upon a villain for the film.
The many fans who were disappointed with Spider-Man 3 probably saw a giant red flag with that news. As we know in Spider-Man 3, Raimi wanted the story to be about Sandman and the Vulture but Sony forced his hand to remove the bald winged dude and replace him with Venom, where his story and character couldn't have been done right. Their reasoning is that Venom was more marketable with "the kids" which I don't understand as the movie would sell itself regardless based on the fact it's called Spider-Man 3.
Had they not interfered and planned ahead, instead of thinking short-term, they could have saved Venom for a later movie that would focus on just him. This would of worked well for the franchise and could easily have tied into the Venom spin-off they've been talking about for a long time.
Instead, they didn't and now we're left with a disappointing close to the trilogy and a fourth installment being held up due to a dispute that shouldn't exist. I'm not sure I'm into the idea of Vulture and "Vulturess" (if that's even true), but I do think if Raimi is to direct, they should let him make the decisions.
Perhaps Raimi and the studio should part ways and start again. We already know the scripts for Spider-Man 5 & 6 are being written in a way that would allow them to act as a franchise reboot of sorts if Raimi and star Tobey Maguire chose not to make more afterward.
[UPDATE] : Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood posted an e-mail Sr. VFX Producer Josh R. Jaggars to his crew which goes into some details about the Spider-Man 4 delays and how they should look for other work...
So, it’s official. “Spider-Man 4” has been pushed back several months, both the start of shooting and the release date.
At this time, we have no official start date, so I would encourage all of you to look for other work.
If/when the situation changes, either Rachelle, Spencer, or I will be in touch.
I apologize for the inconvenience.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Josh R. Jaggars
Sr. VFX Producer
What do you think about the news and the future of Spider-Man? What villains should be in Spider-M4N?
Spider-Man 4 was scheduled for a May 11, 2011 release but who knows now. They could still shoot in the summer if a solution is found soon.