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    January 12, 2010


    The Spider-Man 4 production is in what I called FAIL state and limbo. The official delayed of the fourth flick was published on the net and on the blog recently. Here, we have two separate news.

    One: John Malkovich confirmed the rumour circulating about the character Vulture. The legendary actor confirmed that he will indeed playing the villain character as reported from EO via BadTaste.it (an Italian site).

    "When conductor Simona Ventura asked him about his role of Vulture in the movie, he not only didn't deny his involvement, but confirmed that he's waiting for the final script to be sent to him, and that the movie has been delayed. He also hopes that shooting will begin as soon as possible."
    - John Malkovich

    With that news and up to this point, we are assuming that the tussle on which script to be used by the studio seems to be pointing up towards Sam Raimi's favour for using Vulture as the main baddie for the fourth installment.

    However, comes the second news which came to me without much of the surprises. Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire have left the production of Spider-Man 4. It has been weeks of rumours that Sam Raimi and Sony Pictures are on logging-head situation.

    According to Sam Raimi, the split is final and imitable.

    "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."
    - Sam Raimi

    In an official announcement by Sony Pictures:

    "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."
    - Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

    That statement sounds like a possible reboot for the radioactive spider hero. The real problem is that the first three Spider-Man films made no mistake (apart that Spider-Man 3 been too complicated and dismaying) and why would anyone need another reboot for a franchise we last seen in 2007?

    Tobey Maguire's departure from the franchise will definitely lead to a new production board be formed for the new reboot.

    "I am so proud of what we accomplished with the 'Spider-Man' franchise over the last decade. Beyond the films themselves, I have formed some deep and lasting friendships. I am excited to see the next chapter unfold in this incredible story."
    - Tobey Maguire

    No words on who will direct the reboot Spider-Man film which will be based on the script by James Vanderbilt. The planned Spider-Man 4 for a May 5, 2011 has already lost and now Sony is aiming for a reboot for 2012 release. Looks like we have to deal Peter Parker again in his teenage years. So who's now? Reports has that Zac Efron may be stepping in as Peter Parker. What say you?


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