Heat Vision Blog nabbed the exclusive news that Sony's upcoming Spider-Man reboot will be having its script polished by Alvin Sargent, the 83 year-old writer of both Spider-Man 2 and (unfortunately) Spider-Man 3. Sargent also did uncredited work on the first Spider-Man film and was also onboard to help with the script for the canceled Spider-Man 4, basically making him the guru of Spider-Man movies.
If you can't tell by the title of this post, I'm looking at this news from the "Glass half full" perspective...for now.
Sargent is being brought in by Sony/Columbia Pictures to polish James Vanderbilt's Spider-Man reboot script. Vanderbilt (Zodiac) was originally brought in by Sony to write a draft of the Spider-Man 4 script along with Sargent, before that project ultimately fell apart. This latest news yet again implies that themes and ideas for Spider-Man 4 will carry over to this reboot.
With screen credits like Ordinary People, Paper Moon and Unfaithful, it's safe to say that Alvin Sargent knows how to bring human drama to the big screen. The goal of this Spidey reboot is delve deep into the struggles of Peter Parker, a seventeen-year-old geek outcast burdened with super powers and a guilt-inspired obligation to do right, following the tragic murder of his uncle.
For those worried that this is all sounding too "dark" or "serious" or "Dark Knight" - especially with guys like Vanderbilt and Sargent penning it - may I remind you that Sargent is just as versed in comedy as he is in drama: the guy wrote the story for What About Bob? for Pete's sake.
It does raise a half-mast red flag that Sargent was a contributor to that horrible over-stuffed story for Spider-Man 3. But then again, let's be honest: it was the studio that crammed too many villains and storylines down our throat - the screenwriters were tasked with making it all make sense onscreen. And though I HATED the "dramatic" subplot involving The Sandman killing Uncle Ben, it at least gave Spider-Man 3 a little bit of logical and dramatic grounding amidst all the action sequence and f/x madness.
As I said, for now I'm looking at Sargent's involvement with this Spider-Man reboot as a "Glass half full" situation, and hope that he can bring things back to the dramatically moving (but still fun) heights of Spider-Man 2.
Although, having an 83 year-old man writing a young teen character in a movie aimed at a young crowd is a situation that does come with potential problems. Here's hoping Peter Parker doesn't end up trying to change his costume in, say, a phone booth - they don't exist anymore!
The Spider-Man reboot is being directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). It is slated to hit theaters on July 3, 2012.
Source: Heat Vision Blog
Sandman Image: Spider-Man Web