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07.08.2009

A lot of us expected to hear some kind of official SPIDER-MAN 4 villain announcement at Comic Con later this month, but considering the script is apparently still in a state of flux, that may not be likely.

Yet another writer is taking a swipe at the webbed wonder's fourth wrist-jizzing big-screen supersmackdown. This time it's filmmaker Gary Ross, a frequent collaborator of wallcrawler Tobey Maguire -- the pair worked together on PLEASANTVILLE and SEABISCUIT, and Ross was preparing to direct him in the now-delayed TOKYO SUCKERPUNCH.

Writers James Vanderbilt and David Lindsay-Abaire have seen their drafts tossed in the recycle bin with last week's Daily Bugle. It's unknown if Ross just had a fresh spin on Marvel's swinger, or if Maguire flexed some producer muscles to get him involved.

But the last time the principals on a fourth franchise flick couldn't agree on a script, we got INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL...

Extra Tidbit: Ross' father wrote the original CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.
Source: Variety

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8:44PM on 07/10/2009

Lets see how this plays out.

I hated Spiderman3, I hope this next one isn't a pile of shit.
I hated Spiderman3, I hope this next one isn't a pile of shit.
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10:57AM on 07/10/2009
While I'm not terribly familiar with Gary Ross' work, I did love Pleasantville. I thought it was very funny and well written, and was visually incredible.

My main hope is that they can maybe pretty please give Spider-Man his tongue in cheak one liners back. They've been so very, very absent ever since the first film - not something I expected from the man who gave us Ash.
While I'm not terribly familiar with Gary Ross' work, I did love Pleasantville. I thought it was very funny and well written, and was visually incredible.

My main hope is that they can maybe pretty please give Spider-Man his tongue in cheak one liners back. They've been so very, very absent ever since the first film - not something I expected from the man who gave us Ash.
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9:36AM on 07/10/2009
Bad feeling in pit of stomach.
Bad feeling in pit of stomach.
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10:26AM on 07/09/2009
As long as Sam Raimi and Tobey Mcguire are involved I don't care how good the script is I won't be getting burned for a fourth time.
As long as Sam Raimi and Tobey Mcguire are involved I don't care how good the script is I won't be getting burned for a fourth time.
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8:55AM on 07/09/2009
the horse didnt dance.
thats a good thing.

the horse didnt dance.
thats a good thing.

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8:45AM on 07/09/2009
As long as it's not the people who wrote Spiderman 3 I'm happy!
As long as it's not the people who wrote Spiderman 3 I'm happy!
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7:55AM on 07/09/2009
This doesn't bode well. Looks like Macguire is getting one of his cronies to come onboard.

Why can't they finish the fucking script already??
This doesn't bode well. Looks like Macguire is getting one of his cronies to come onboard.

Why can't they finish the fucking script already??
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6:54AM on 07/09/2009
the guy who wrote SEABISCUIT?
damn ... i guess we're gonna see another wimpy parker/spidey.

if 'hollywood' is reading this (like joblo is saying) then PLEASE STOP MAKING HIM A STUPID LOSER!! dammmit!
the guy who wrote SEABISCUIT?
damn ... i guess we're gonna see another wimpy parker/spidey.

if 'hollywood' is reading this (like joblo is saying) then PLEASE STOP MAKING HIM A STUPID LOSER!! dammmit!
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4:13AM on 07/09/2009
Again, I am not amazed anymore by the imature comments left here not only by the "readers" but also the stupid so called "writers" of this site. I am Done with you guys! Continue living your life bitching about Lucas and all that BS!
Again, I am not amazed anymore by the imature comments left here not only by the "readers" but also the stupid so called "writers" of this site. I am Done with you guys! Continue living your life bitching about Lucas and all that BS!
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1:59AM on 07/09/2009

Ironically . . .

The script for the first Spider-Man was written by the writer of the much-maligned Indiana Jones script, David Koepp. It's debatable but not a stretch to argue that his script for the first Spider-Man was less than stellar. But I don't see any connection here or in any other way with Indiana Jones. It seems to me that a lot of films go through multiple revisions and this isn't necessarily a bad thing. There are plenty of films produced with an early draft and one writer that probably could
The script for the first Spider-Man was written by the writer of the much-maligned Indiana Jones script, David Koepp. It's debatable but not a stretch to argue that his script for the first Spider-Man was less than stellar. But I don't see any connection here or in any other way with Indiana Jones. It seems to me that a lot of films go through multiple revisions and this isn't necessarily a bad thing. There are plenty of films produced with an early draft and one writer that probably could have used some revisions to smooth out rough edges.

As for this film, it definitely is in need of new blood. Alvin Sargent did an excellent job with Spider-Man 2, but he had help from award-winning author Michael Chabon. Perhaps Linday-Abaire could have had the same positive influence? Also, Raimi said on the Spider-Man 3 commentary that Sargent wrote all the Venom and Eddie Brock scenes, so . . .

I think Gary Ross is a good writer, though, so it could be a smart move. However, I wouldn't be concerned until the studio reunited with Koepp on the next film. Then, there might be a problem.
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1:31AM on 07/09/2009
Indy 4 and Spidey 3 were both extremely awful. Aliens aside, that isn't what ruined the movie for me. It was that Indy followed everyone around (especially Ox) around like a little bitch. He didn't even do anything at the end. Also Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett both sucked. Don't even get me started on the nuclear fridges.
Indy 4 and Spidey 3 were both extremely awful. Aliens aside, that isn't what ruined the movie for me. It was that Indy followed everyone around (especially Ox) around like a little bitch. He didn't even do anything at the end. Also Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett both sucked. Don't even get me started on the nuclear fridges.
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12:39AM on 07/09/2009

Indy 4 is awesome

And the Darabont script is worse. Has anyone who prefers it actually read it? It had more "tEh aLienZ!1!" in it than you dumbfucks have been complaining about to begin with.
And the Darabont script is worse. Has anyone who prefers it actually read it? It had more "tEh aLienZ!1!" in it than you dumbfucks have been complaining about to begin with.
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12:11AM on 07/09/2009

Regarding Indy...

Only Lucas couldn't agree on the script, cuz he's a moron and doesn't know a good script if it was outloud by Patrick Stewart. Indy 4 would of rocked if Lucas hadn't given the thumbs down to the Frank Darabont script.
Only Lucas couldn't agree on the script, cuz he's a moron and doesn't know a good script if it was outloud by Patrick Stewart. Indy 4 would of rocked if Lucas hadn't given the thumbs down to the Frank Darabont script.
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11:53PM on 07/08/2009

wtf

How hard is it to write an awesome spiderman movie. Give us the lizard, karnage, and/or mysterio. But i guess we all said just give us venom and we'll be happy. Look how that turned out, so who knows.
How hard is it to write an awesome spiderman movie. Give us the lizard, karnage, and/or mysterio. But i guess we all said just give us venom and we'll be happy. Look how that turned out, so who knows.
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11:49PM on 07/08/2009
Like Ross, trust him to deliver the goods. Indy 4, different story, and that thing took years to decide on a screenplay. My gut tells me Ross may get help, but they probably ain't tossing out his script unless it's REALLY BAD.
Like Ross, trust him to deliver the goods. Indy 4, different story, and that thing took years to decide on a screenplay. My gut tells me Ross may get help, but they probably ain't tossing out his script unless it's REALLY BAD.
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10:35PM on 07/08/2009
so glad that there's finally some KotKS love :)
so glad that there's finally some KotKS love :)
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10:33PM on 07/08/2009

It took me 4 viewings...

... to realize it, but "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" rocks.
... to realize it, but "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" rocks.
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10:20PM on 07/08/2009
In my opinion, Gary Ross is one of the best writers in hollywood. Some of his films (i.e. Seabiscuit) aren't really my thing, but there's no doubt that they're exceptionally well-made films. If Ross, is able to write his draft without outside itnerferance I've no doubt that it'll be amazing. Hopefully he won't be replaced by yet another writer, and hopefully these musical chairs antics are because Raimi and co. are determied to get the film *just right* and not because the studio keeps changing
In my opinion, Gary Ross is one of the best writers in hollywood. Some of his films (i.e. Seabiscuit) aren't really my thing, but there's no doubt that they're exceptionally well-made films. If Ross, is able to write his draft without outside itnerferance I've no doubt that it'll be amazing. Hopefully he won't be replaced by yet another writer, and hopefully these musical chairs antics are because Raimi and co. are determied to get the film *just right* and not because the studio keeps changing their mind.
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9:09PM on 07/08/2009

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL..."

BLEW!!!!!!!!!
BLEW!!!!!!!!!
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9:04PM on 07/08/2009
"But the last time the principals on a fourth franchise flick couldn't agree on a script, we got INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL..."

Which was a great movie.
"But the last time the principals on a fourth franchise flick couldn't agree on a script, we got INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL..."

Which was a great movie.
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