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So, Sony is all excited to be working on Spider-Man 4 & 5 (I guess I'm in the minority, I thought 3 was great.  Admitting this got me dogpiled by the coders).  Sam Raimi is back.  Tobey McGuire is back.  Everything is going well, and Spidey 4 is set for a May 6, 2011 launch date.  Marvel was looking at a gangbuster summer, as Thor was scheduled to open May 20.

Well, that was then.  Raimi apparently is digging in his heels.  His favorite Spider-Man villain is the Vulture.  He wanted him in 3, but Sony overrode him and put Venom in instead, the idea being that, with the Spidey deal finished, this could keep the franchise going.  Raimi said the script was being worked on and was mum about the villain(s), but smart money was on the Vulture.

Sony doesn't want the Vulture.  Raimi is pissed.  Production was supposed to start later this month, but without even knowing who the set villains are, they can't even get a screenplay, let alone start production (they could shoot around the lack of script, like Transformers 2 did, but considering how that turned out, I don't blame everyone for saying no).  Hope was held out that things could be smoothed over and production could begin on schedule.

Nope.

The launch date for Spidey 4 has been postponed, and Thor is getting pushed up to May 6 to kick off the summer movie season.  There are doubts Spidey 4 will even make the 2011 window.  Shuffling the dates around like this pretty much is proof of that.

So the next Spidey movie is on hold.  And Thor is coming out earlier.  Sorry, I'd rather it be the other way around.

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ying_ko_4
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
At the rate this is going, they'll have to bring in May-Day Parker, the offspring of Peter and Mary Jane to be the Amazing Spider-Girl!
sinetimore
Jan. 9th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
That would actually be interesting to watch. Of course, it assume Peter and Mary Jane got married, something the current EIC doesn't want to happen.....
mornblade
Jan. 9th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
Open letter to Sony : Sam Raimi is GOLD, just let him have his way and the movie will be great. Or refuse to work with his ideas, he will leave, you will get someone else, and the next movie will bomb so bad it will make Fat Man and Little Boy look like firecrackers.

sincerely,
Your friendly neighborhood movie reviewer
sinetimore
Jan. 9th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
You'd think they'd learn that lesson from Spidey 2 and 3. 2 was Raimi, and it is considered a cinematic classic. 3 did well, but doesn't have the accolades that 2 does. All because they tried taking control.

You see it all the time in every media -- someone's a hit, those with the purse strings figure they can make it even better, and boom...
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