Spider-Man 4 Scrapped. Reboot Planned

Spider-Man 4 Scrapped. Reboot Planned

Spider-Man hitting theaters summer 2012, but Raimi won't be involved. Check out the official press release from Sony and see what Sam Raimi had to say!

Sony issued a press release today which sheds some light on Spider-Man 4, including a reboot because Sam Raimi didn't think he could hit the summer release date (according to at Mike Fleming Deadline.com).

Here's the official press release from Sony:

Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012.

Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today they are moving forward with a film based on a script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises.

The new chapter in the Spider-Man franchise produced by Columbia, Marvel Studios and Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will have a new cast and filmmaking team. Spider-Man 4 was to have been released in 2011, but had not yet gone into production.

“A decade ago we set out on this journey with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire and together we made three Spider-Man films that set a new bar for the genre. When we began, no one ever imagined that we would make history at the box-office and now we have a rare opportunity to make history once again with this franchise. Peter Parker as an ordinary young adult grappling with extraordinary powers has always been the foundation that has made this character so timeless and compelling for generations of fans. We’re very excited about the creative possibilities that come from returning to Peter's roots and we look forward to working once again with Marvel Studios, Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin on this new beginning,” said Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“Working on the Spider-Man movies was the experience of a lifetime for me. While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job,” said Sam Raimi.

“We have had a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration and friendship with Sam and Tobey and they have given us their best for the better part of the last decade.This is a bittersweet moment for us because while it is hard to imagine Spider-Man in anyone else’s hands, I know that this was a day that was inevitable,” said Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, who has served as the studio’s chief production executive since the beginning of the franchise. “Now everything begins anew, and that’s got us all tremendously excited about what comes next. Under the continuing supervision of Avi and Laura, we have a clear vision for the future of Spider-Man and can’t wait to share this exciting new direction with audiences in 2012.”

"Spider-Man will always be an important franchise for Sony Pictures and a fresh start like this is a responsibility that we all take very seriously," said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures. "We have always believed that story comes first and story guides the direction of these films and as we move onto the next chapter, we will stay true to that principle and will do so with the highest respect for the source material and the fans and moviegoers who deserve nothing but the best when it comes to bringing these stories and characters to life on the big screen."

This is all just so strange. Hopefully they could reboot the rights to Marvel Studios, and get Spide in The Avengers.
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shiftysharp - 1/11/2010, 3:39 PM
damn you got in before me lol.
i spelled reboot correctly though :P
ecksmanfan - 1/11/2010, 3:47 PM
You're fast Freshman! This is very interesting news! Should be interesting to see how this pans out!
whatsinthebox - 1/11/2010, 3:47 PM
I wonder if Brett Ratner or Joel Shoemacher is available.
Hawksblueyes - 1/11/2010, 3:48 PM
Awsome find MF. I don't know how you do it, but you do it well.
TheLivingWeapon - 1/11/2010, 3:48 PM
what? realy?
BuckyB7588 - 1/11/2010, 3:48 PM
I think Raimi did the right thing here. It sounds like the movie was gonna suck, and Raimi didn't want it that way, so he left. I'm a little worried about the reboot if thats the case...
dellamorte1872 - 1/11/2010, 3:49 PM
i somehow doubt this, sorry
IronMarvel - 1/11/2010, 3:49 PM
Wow. I cannot believe this. This is one of Hollywoods tentpole franchises. I hope this isnt true. The only way i would ever want to see this rebooted is with MARVEL.Otherwise this is the absolute worst idea. I hope this isnt true.
EvilEmperor25 - 1/11/2010, 3:49 PM
Hopefully this new guy will get Venom right maybe. And the black suit saga and the Venom fights will be 2 films.

So is Vulture gonna still stay?...
sagekilz - 1/11/2010, 3:50 PM
i smell crap
MisterFixit - 1/11/2010, 3:50 PM
BuckyB7588 - 1/11/2010, 3:50 PM
p.s. spidey isnt a real avenger....
theartofoneness - 1/11/2010, 3:52 PM
Now spiderman may actually get a respectable movie? Awesome. I hope they start to catch on that these arent kiddy movies. Spiderman was made for merchandising which is what made the new starwars films so gay. Time to get real and do it right!
StrangerX - 1/11/2010, 3:57 PM
Like i said every time I come back here there is always something bad happening with Spiderm4n.
Batarangmandan - 1/11/2010, 3:57 PM
Damn I published my inferior version just after you.
LEEE777 - 1/11/2010, 3:58 PM
WTF is going on, on off, on off, ON OFF????

[frick] a reboot, don't want all that ORIGIN sh1t again!!

Just make SPIDEY 4 with KRAVEN & LIZARD!
Phinehas - 1/11/2010, 3:59 PM

This is also an opportunity to crossover into the new Marvel Film Universe! WOO HOO!!! I LOVE THIS NEWS!!! NOT A SLOW NEWS DAY! YAYYYYYYYYYY!!!
punisher23 - 1/11/2010, 3:59 PM
So they have been setting up Dr.Connors turning into the Lizard the past two movies for nothing! this is bs
ecksmanfan - 1/11/2010, 3:59 PM
@LEEE- you silly boy. That would be waaay too easy and accomidating to everyone.
LEEE777 - 1/11/2010, 4:00 PM
BS in the air....
LEEE777 - 1/11/2010, 4:00 PM
Lol @ ECKS @ Yeah!!!


deraj36 - 1/11/2010, 4:02 PM
Ah I just posted this, gotta delete it.

I'm sorta happy and sort of annoyed. On the one hand, I find reboots annoying. The first was just 8 years ago.

On the other hand, maybe it's good. Hopefully with the new franchise it'll go at a faster pace and introduce villains more quickly.

But mostly I'm sad because I liked the cast and how the movies worked.

Looks like we'll be commenting on Spider-man 4 like 10 years from now.
InTylerWeTrust - 1/11/2010, 4:02 PM
I don't really know if it's real, kind of doubt it, but if it is, then perfect time for Bret Harrison as Spidey and MEW as MJ!

Though I don't know if a reboot is necessarily what is needed.
StrangerX - 1/11/2010, 4:02 PM
It's catching buzz on the net like crazy
GUNSMITH - 1/11/2010, 4:02 PM
MisterFixit - 1/11/2010, 4:03 PM
Does it means another f**k origin story??? Another radioactive spider,another uncle Ben's death? High school??? Come on!! Let they better try a reboot a la IH
Ranger14 - 1/11/2010, 4:03 PM
It's legitimate sources. How are they supposed to develop super hero characters through sequels if they keep going back and rebooting all the time after 2 or 3 movies? Not sure if I like this news.
NateBest - 1/11/2010, 4:03 PM
Sony tweeted about it, linking to the press release... Sounds like it's legit.
IronMarvel - 1/11/2010, 4:03 PM
no way no way no way! NOT COOL. I hope its a fake press release. God Save Tobey
InstigatorGIRL - 1/11/2010, 4:05 PM
No this is real, and sorry to say I am happy about this news. I thought the story needed a reboot after the 2nd movie.
Scion - 1/11/2010, 4:05 PM
Fine reboot but why go back to HS. If I hear "with great power comes great responsibility" one more time I'm going to smack someone! It's devolving instead of evolving!
luffycapri - 1/11/2010, 4:06 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS lol this news is good lol

thenumber12 - 1/11/2010, 4:06 PM
I'm all for it
IronMarvel - 1/11/2010, 4:07 PM
THIS IS A NEW LOW. Theyre takin the effing easy way out. Give it MARVEL. I seriously dislike sony right now
LEEE777 - 1/11/2010, 4:07 PM
Only MARVEL movie franchise that needs [frick]ing rebooting is X-MEN from X-MEN FIRST CLASS!!!

This is total SH1T News!!

[frick] a reboot! : P

Too many SPIDEY Villains that hav'nt been touched, we don't wanna see another ORIGIN and GREEN GOBLIN an sh1t!
Hawksblueyes - 1/11/2010, 4:07 PM
We don't need a complete origins story again, touch on it and get on with a new story line.
IronMarvel - 1/11/2010, 4:07 PM
Ive never commented so much in my life lol
Phinehas - 1/11/2010, 4:07 PM
Batarangmandan - 1/11/2010, 4:08 PM
I've just thought of the worst possible thing that can come of this, no awesome Bruce Campbell cameo.NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
ElBicho - 1/11/2010, 4:08 PM
... Hooray!?! Maybe they Green Goblin will live!!!
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