The world of entertainment was rocked yesterday when Sony announced that it was killing Spider-Man 4 and was instead now planning to “reboot” the series. What that means is that Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire and the whole gang are out, and Sony is starting over from scratch.
Reportedly they want it to be a “gritty origin story,” because we don’t have enough of those these days, and Raimi says he wishes them nothing but the best for it. Allegedly differences between Raimi and Sony over the villain and general plot of the fourth film are what led to this whole debacle.
SEVEN YEARS. That’s how long it’s been since the original Spider-Man came out. It had an origin story, albeit not a particularly gritty one, but was a thoroughly excellent movie nonetheless. It’s one thing to reboot shitty 80s franchises, but a film series I remember like it was yesterday? What the hell are they thinking?
Money. That’s what they’re thinking. And I’ll be damned if this reboot isn’t going to make ass tons of cash, mainly due to the controversy we’ve just been discussing. It may not make as much as a fourth film would have, but it will be much easier to shoot, as Spider-Man’s origin story has been told already time and time again and they’ll find a director less prone to arguments than Raimi. Rumor has it they’re looking to 500 Days of Summer’s Marc Webb.
Fundamentally, I think this is a film that should never see the light of day. However, I can see the business sense in it for Sony I suppose. But no good movie was ever made simply because a studio wanted to make a ton of money. Actually wait, that’s not true at all. It sounded a lot better in my head. But I still maintain this is an abomination of the film industry.
So, who’s the new Peter Parker?