Posted by: karlasblume | May 23, 2008

Spinning the Fourth Web


Marvel Vice Chairman Peter Cuneo was asked about the status of Spider-man 4 today. He confirmed that Sony has made the payment to renew their rights to make the film. 

Cuneo said the following, “As far as Spider-man 4, it’s really up to Sony and it up to them, most likely scenario is 2010 or 2011 but we can’t speak for them and I think that we don’t know. They have given us their re-up payment for that film so you know they’re going to make it within a reasonable timeframe. Sony may be looking at some issues with the cast and so on, I think they have to make some decisions.” 

So it’s really up to Sony right now, will Tobey Maguire return? Will Sam Raimi return? Also, the re-up payment means the rights need to be used within a reasonable amount of time, so I would expect to hear something regarding movement on 4 and 5 late this year if not early next year. 

Cinematical reported that Sony Pictures is looking to film the next two Spider-Man movies, 4 and 5, back to back. They hired James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) to write the screenplays. An inside source told the site that, “[Vanderbilt’s] story arc has encompassed two films, making Spider-Man 5 shootable at the same time. The studio saw dollar signs and is in the process of reworking his deal to snatch up the story arc.” 

So with the re-up paid for Spider-man 4 does that change these rumored plans? The tone of Cuneo’s voice when talking about the status seemed to emphasize that Sony needed to make some decisions regarding casting before they could move forward. 

Karla says, why not?


  1. Karla says: Why not?

    Josh says: Because the last one blew SO HARD that the franchise needs to be buried for years so it can have a “Batman Begins”-like comeback.

  2. Awesome. I can’t say I don’t agree. If they want to waste their money, let ’em. I’m more interested in seeing Iron Man sequels at this point.

  3. well marvel is making the iron man sequel, not sony. i think that a 4th spider-man sequel will just make things worse for the franchise theatrically speaking. with the way that 3 failed among the fanboys, they would have to do a huge crossover or just pull a storyline straight from the comics….but knowing Hollywood, they would use the Clone Saga…..

  4. This is a good point, Ron — look how much better Iron Man was when it was MARVEL making it; unless Spidey gets a creative team like the one behind Batman Begins, chances are it will continue to suck balls as a franchise as long as Sony is making it.

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