— by SEAN GERSKI —
In news that would be difficult to define as shocking, Nikki Finke and Mike Fleming of Deadline Hollywood are reporting that the “Spider-Man” movie series is going to be rebooted.
Finke and Fleming — who have proven to have reliable sources at Marvel — say director Sam Raimi and actor Tobey Maguire (in addition to all of the actors) will not be returning.
The story states: “Sam Raimi pulled out of Spider-Man 4 because he felt he couldn’t make its summer release date and keep the film’s creative integrity … the studio will focus on a reboot script by Jamie Vanderbilt with a new director and a new cast … I’m told Tobey wasn’t upset. ‘He’s made 3 great Spider-Man movies. He’s done really well. But he’s the kind of guy who, if Sam wanted to go forward, would have been there for Sam and the studio. Absolutely.'”
The first two “Spider-Man” movies enjoyed critical praise and great box office results. The third one still performed quite well financially, but was not critically acclaimed. Regardless, the new creative team will have some big web0-covered boots to fill.
According to the story, a press release on the matter is imminent and we will have more details as soon as they are available.
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