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Sam Raimi: Spider-Man 4 Script Will Be Ready by Summer

spiderman-033109Sam Raimi says that the script for Spider-Man 4, written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Inkheart), should be ready by summer: “Right now, David Lindsay-Abaire is working on a draft of the new picture,” Raimi told SCI FI Wire. “And he’s hard at work, and hopefully we’ll see something in about three months.”

Raimi, who’ll be directing the film, said that there is a rush to hit the scheduled May 6, 2011 release date:

“We have to make the release date, and on all of these pictures, the Spider-Man films—and I’m sure it’s the same as with many of the other bigger-budgeted films—they have release dates far in advance of a screenplay,” he said. “So it’s about getting it ready the best you can in time for the first day of production. That’s what we’ve always done, and that’s what we’ll try to do again.”

In regards to casting, Tobey Maguire is reportedly signed on to reprise the title role, and Raimi adds that while it’s still early to discuss other casting, he does plan to reassemble the core cast which includes Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane:

“At this point I do, but it’s really … all going to be dependent upon the script, and I’ll just have to wait and see,” Raimi said. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse, but hopefully we can service the story in the screenplay, and whatever it demands, hopefully we’ll be its eager servants.”

And finally, Raimi declined to discuss possible villains for the fourth installment, telling SCI FI Wire that he thinks he should wait “till the finished screenplay, and then it’d really be up to Sony Pictures and the producers to determine when they want to release that information.”

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