Spider Man 4: Tobey Maguire Out, Peter Parker Back as Teenager
Sony Pictures announced that Spider-Man 4 will not proceed as planned. The Spider-Man franchise will be given a fresh start, with Peter Parker as a teenager. This means the original cast, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, as well as director Sam Raimi, will not be in the new Spider-Man movie.
Spider-Man 4 was already delayed due to script issues. It was reported that director Sam Raimi was dissatisfied with the script, and the release day was pushed to May 2011. Now with the series reboot, next Spider-Man won't arrive until summer of 2012.
Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal said, "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."
The next Spider-Man will be based on a script by James Vanderbilt, according to IMDB.
In an interview in November, Tobey Maguire was expecting to start shooting Spider-Man 4 in February or March.
"Working on the Spider-Man movies was the experience of a lifetime for me," added Raimi. "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."