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Spidey 5 & 6 writer

Aug. 17, 2009by:

SPIDER-MAN 4 hasn't even begun casting yet but Sony clearly is ramping up a new Spidey trilogy. While the script for the fourth SPIDER-MAN film continues to make its way through development, Sony has signed a deal with James Vanderbilt (ZODIAC) to script SPIDER-MANs 5 & 6. If you'll remember, Vanderbilt was the first writer hired to script SPIDER-MAN 4. His script has since been rewritten by David Lindsay-Abaire and Gary Ross but Sony and Marvel liked enough of Vanderbilt's starting point to bring him back. So what does this mean for the future of the franchise?

Variety claims in their article that while Sony and Marvel liked Vanderbilt's SPIDER-MAN 4 draft, it was Raimi who brought aboard Lindsay-Abaire and Ross as Raimi didn't "embrace all of Vanderbilt's ideas." So does Vanderbilt's return for SPIDER-MAN films 5 & 6 hint that Raimi might not be around for those films? That's obviously wild speculation at this point but perhaps Sony and Marvel are planning for a post-Raimi future and bringing aboard a writer that they approve.

Of course a SPIDER-MAN 5 may never even happen (with Raimi, Tobey Maguire or Kirsten Dunst) but Sony's getting a script ready just in case.

Extra Tidbit: Vanderbilt also wrote the currently filming DC adaptation THE LOSERS.
Source: Variety

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10:14AM on 08/19/2009

Raimi

It's possible Raimi wont be involved due to him signing on for WoW. I'm sure with the success of the game they wont be stopping at one movie.
It's possible Raimi wont be involved due to him signing on for WoW. I'm sure with the success of the game they wont be stopping at one movie.
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8:28PM on 08/18/2009
I just love the attitude of fanboys now, ya lets just reboot a franchise that is not even 10 years old.
I just love the attitude of fanboys now, ya lets just reboot a franchise that is not even 10 years old.
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1:14AM on 08/18/2009

Hurm...

I thought Raimi wasn't doing Spider-Man anymore?!
I thought Raimi wasn't doing Spider-Man anymore?!
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3:49PM on 08/17/2009

this S#!T.....

needs to DIE ALREADY! just reboot and recast the whole damn thing if they have to! in all honesty the spidey franchise wasn;t all that great! part 2 was by far the best. 1 was simply good and 3 was horrible. learn from the mistakes, redo the trilogy with a new director at the helm and do it better this time!!!!!
needs to DIE ALREADY! just reboot and recast the whole damn thing if they have to! in all honesty the spidey franchise wasn;t all that great! part 2 was by far the best. 1 was simply good and 3 was horrible. learn from the mistakes, redo the trilogy with a new director at the helm and do it better this time!!!!!
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3:46PM on 08/17/2009
Sam Raimi should just leave the Spidey franchise behind and go back to making horror films. Drag Me to Hell was way better than any of the Spider-Man movies.
Sam Raimi should just leave the Spidey franchise behind and go back to making horror films. Drag Me to Hell was way better than any of the Spider-Man movies.
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3:32PM on 08/17/2009

I can't stand Raimi

The guy has his strengths...but they stopped coming after Spidey 2. Based on interviews and his take on the character you know its time to move on and JUST PLEASE SONY/ MARVEL get a NEW DIRECTOR. NEW CAST... just pretend Spider man 3 didn't happen and move on from there.
The guy has his strengths...but they stopped coming after Spidey 2. Based on interviews and his take on the character you know its time to move on and JUST PLEASE SONY/ MARVEL get a NEW DIRECTOR. NEW CAST... just pretend Spider man 3 didn't happen and move on from there.
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6:34PM on 08/17/2009
This has nothing to do with your post but I LOVE your icon.
This has nothing to do with your post but I LOVE your icon.
3:30PM on 08/17/2009

4&5

Wasn't it reported (rumored?) at one point that Vaderbilt's Spider-Man 4 script was actually a Spider-Man 4&5 script? If that's the case, is it possible that Sony liked his 2 movie arc and decided to save it for 5&6, giving Raimi more control for his last Spidey effort (I can't imagine any director really wants to direct 6 films in the same franchise).

Either way, I like the news. Vanderbilt is great (loved Zodiac) and a 2 film arc (if that is what they have in mind) sounds exciting.
Wasn't it reported (rumored?) at one point that Vaderbilt's Spider-Man 4 script was actually a Spider-Man 4&5 script? If that's the case, is it possible that Sony liked his 2 movie arc and decided to save it for 5&6, giving Raimi more control for his last Spidey effort (I can't imagine any director really wants to direct 6 films in the same franchise).

Either way, I like the news. Vanderbilt is great (loved Zodiac) and a 2 film arc (if that is what they have in mind) sounds exciting.
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2:58PM on 08/17/2009
I even heard somewhere that "the ideas that Raimi didn't like" may actually have something to do with a reboot of the franchise and obviously if he returns, he's gonna wanna continue where they left off instead of "admiiting failure", so to speak and forgetting Spidey 3.

Sure everyone can think about rejoicing at the thought of a reboot, but honestly, the franchise doesn't really need one. A longer time has to pass between films. General audiences were still confused as fuck about the whole
I even heard somewhere that "the ideas that Raimi didn't like" may actually have something to do with a reboot of the franchise and obviously if he returns, he's gonna wanna continue where they left off instead of "admiiting failure", so to speak and forgetting Spidey 3.

Sure everyone can think about rejoicing at the thought of a reboot, but honestly, the franchise doesn't really need one. A longer time has to pass between films. General audiences were still confused as fuck about the whole Hulk --> The Incredible Hulk [link] (as great as the second one was).
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1:33PM on 08/17/2009

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As someone who works in the movie biz, copyright and property rights can be complicated and expensive. Back in the '90s, Marvel was going through some tough financial times. They sold the FILM rights to most of their most popular characters (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk) to the major studios. They retain the rights to the characters in print form provided they're within the pages of a Marvel Comic Book. However, the major studios only own the rights to characters for a limited time. In twenty years
As someone who works in the movie biz, copyright and property rights can be complicated and expensive. Back in the '90s, Marvel was going through some tough financial times. They sold the FILM rights to most of their most popular characters (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk) to the major studios. They retain the rights to the characters in print form provided they're within the pages of a Marvel Comic Book. However, the major studios only own the rights to characters for a limited time. In twenty years (or more), Sony will own whatever previous incarnations of Spider-Man they created for film, but the rights to the characters' cinematic depiction will (hopefully) revert back to Marvel. Same goes for the other studios. I believe Fox's hold on the X-Men franchise will expire within the next ten years which is why they're cranking out origin stories as quickly as they can.
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12:28PM on 08/17/2009
I don't think I would enjoy anyone playing Spiderman except Tobey Maguire; but at the same time, I think Maguire would be stupid to return to this franchise. In my mind, the series ended with Spiderman 2.
I don't think I would enjoy anyone playing Spiderman except Tobey Maguire; but at the same time, I think Maguire would be stupid to return to this franchise. In my mind, the series ended with Spiderman 2.
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12:01PM on 08/17/2009
I'm down with a second trilogy, but I would have liked to see it go a new direction out of Raimi hands. I also want to see the movie franchise steer away from the sympathetic villain route. Spidey needs to face bad guys that are always bad.
I'm down with a second trilogy, but I would have liked to see it go a new direction out of Raimi hands. I also want to see the movie franchise steer away from the sympathetic villain route. Spidey needs to face bad guys that are always bad.
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11:01AM on 08/17/2009

I'm OK with more of these...

Call me a dipshit, but I didn't see what was so wrong with Spider-Man 3. The other 2 were just as cheesy and stilted.

Sure Venom was extremely underwritten and unceremoniously killed, but so was Two-Face in Dark Knight, yet you don't hear people bitching about that constantly. Or do you? I don't really keep up with these things.

I will say this: if there is any more crying without probable cause in any of these, I'm done. That was TOO cheesy.
Call me a dipshit, but I didn't see what was so wrong with Spider-Man 3. The other 2 were just as cheesy and stilted.

Sure Venom was extremely underwritten and unceremoniously killed, but so was Two-Face in Dark Knight, yet you don't hear people bitching about that constantly. Or do you? I don't really keep up with these things.

I will say this: if there is any more crying without probable cause in any of these, I'm done. That was TOO cheesy.
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10:21AM on 08/17/2009

Another Trilogy!

I like this idea, a fourth Spider-Man film seemed like a long shot but now that Sony is planning to do another Spider-Man trilogy, I'm totally up for it.

I have a feeling this will be Raimi's last directed Spidey film and will probably end up being a producer/writer for the other couple of films, I don't see the dude directing all six of the films.

I don't think casting will be an issue here, Tobey has said that he'll return to the franchise as long as the material/plot/story of the film
I like this idea, a fourth Spider-Man film seemed like a long shot but now that Sony is planning to do another Spider-Man trilogy, I'm totally up for it.

I have a feeling this will be Raimi's last directed Spidey film and will probably end up being a producer/writer for the other couple of films, I don't see the dude directing all six of the films.

I don't think casting will be an issue here, Tobey has said that he'll return to the franchise as long as the material/plot/story of the film was still good, even if Sam didn't come back to direct he would return.

I jost hope this time they really think about what characters and storylines they'll be using, don't just throw characters in a film and expect people to like it just because it's in the movie, give the characters the respect they deserve and do them justice, this way we can prevent another character fuck up (Venom) and please don't make this Venom spin-off happen, just have him an a Spider-man movie fighting against Peter, a whole movie just for themeselves, like it should have been,
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9:21AM on 08/17/2009

SNORE

I'm done with Spiderman. The first movie was way too infant, the second was very good and even blew me away, and third had more in common with a bag of dog sh*t than a movie.

Raimi should be out, bring on some new talent. Vanderbilt writing sounds like a good idea, keep em' rollin' and maybe I'll give a damn when this movie comes out.
I'm done with Spiderman. The first movie was way too infant, the second was very good and even blew me away, and third had more in common with a bag of dog sh*t than a movie.

Raimi should be out, bring on some new talent. Vanderbilt writing sounds like a good idea, keep em' rollin' and maybe I'll give a damn when this movie comes out.
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9:24AM on 08/17/2009
I agree on all points. Spider-Man burned me out.
I agree on all points. Spider-Man burned me out.
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8:19AM on 08/17/2009

HELP ME OUT HERE.

I'm not savvy with the way 'rights to things' work in Hollywood so it'll be cool if someone puts things into perspective. Sony currently owns the Spidey franchise on film, correct? When, where, and how will the franchise EVER go back to the hands of Marvel and their homegrown studios now that they're slaying competetion with productions like Iron Man and the whole Avengers gig?

Is it as simple as Marvel buying it back or...? I don't get how someone can own a franchise but not own it at the
I'm not savvy with the way 'rights to things' work in Hollywood so it'll be cool if someone puts things into perspective. Sony currently owns the Spidey franchise on film, correct? When, where, and how will the franchise EVER go back to the hands of Marvel and their homegrown studios now that they're slaying competetion with productions like Iron Man and the whole Avengers gig?

Is it as simple as Marvel buying it back or...? I don't get how someone can own a franchise but not own it at the same time. I ask because as long as Spidey stays with Sony, the series is going to suck nuts.
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8:14AM on 08/17/2009

HELP ME OUT HERE.

I'm not savvy with the way 'rights to things' work in Hollywood so it'll be cool if someone puts things into perspective. Sony currently owns the Spidey franchise on film, correct? When, where, and how will the franchise EVER go back to the hands of Marvel and their homegrown studios now that they're slaying competetion with productions like Iron Man and the whole Avengers gig?

Is it as simple as Marvel buying it back or...? I don't get how someone can own a franchise but not own it at the
I'm not savvy with the way 'rights to things' work in Hollywood so it'll be cool if someone puts things into perspective. Sony currently owns the Spidey franchise on film, correct? When, where, and how will the franchise EVER go back to the hands of Marvel and their homegrown studios now that they're slaying competetion with productions like Iron Man and the whole Avengers gig?

Is it as simple as Marvel buying it back or...? I don't get how someone can own a franchise but not own it at the same time. I ask because as long as Spidey stays with Sony, the series is going to suck nuts.
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