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Sony Scraps Spider-Man 4; Sam Raimi & Tobey Maguire & Cast Out; Franchise Reboot Coming in Summer 2012

Wow.  Here’s a shocker. All those creative differences between the studio and Spider-Man 4 director Sam Raimi have come to a head and Sony has decided to scrap the project and start fresh with a 2012 reboot featuring a brand new cast and filmmakers [via Deadline Hollywood, which broke the story]:

My sources tell me that Raimi told Sony Pictures: “I can’t make your date. I can’t go forward creatively.” And, so, once he said “That’s it”, Sony Pictures co-chairman Pascal and Columbia Pictures’ Matt Tolmach decided they didn’t want to replace him and instead chose to reboot the franchise. Insiders also tell me that Tobey Maguire heard the news in a phone call with Amy today. 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.”

Sony Pictures has issued a press release confirming the news.  Check it out after the jump.

Continue reading Sony Scraps Spider-Man 4; Sam Raimi & Tobey Maguire & Cast Out; Franchise Reboot Coming in Summer 2012

Spider-Man 4 Has Script Problems; Sony “Unlikely” To Make Scheduled May 5, 2011 Release Date

Nikki Finke has confirmed IESB’s scoop that there are issues with the Spider-Man 4 script and the film officially has no start date.  The film has gone through several writers (James Vanderbilt, David Lindsay-Abaire and Gary Ross) and director Sam Raimi has reportedly been very vocal inside Sony that he “hated” the current script.  […]

Spider-Man 4 On Planned Hold

Earlier in the day IESB reported a rumor that production on Spider-Man 4 was on indefinite hold over troubles involving the script, specifically the main villain (director Sam Raimi reportedly wants Vulture, while the studio heads want to use a more well-known villain).

However, Sony Pictures has commented on the story, and are denying […]

Evil Dead Returning to Theaters

Grindhouse Releasing has announced that the 1981 Sam Raimi horror classic Evil Dead will be coming back to the big screen with midnight screenings planned in select theaters across the U.S. and Canada:

“Nothing can prepare an audience for what they are about to see, because nothing punishes an audience like EVIL DEAD – especially on the big screen,” says Bruce Campbell. “I’m really glad it’s back. People are gonna be hurt.”

Exact dates and locations will be announced at a later date at GrindhouseReleasing.com.  Head on over the jump to read the press release. Continue reading Evil Dead Returning to Theaters

Sam Raimi Says Spider-Man 4 Will “get back to the basics”

Spider-Man 4 director Sam Raimi understands fans frustrations with Spider-Man 3 and is hoping to correct things with the sequel, that includes a more limited use of villains:

“I think having so many villains detracted from the experience. I would agree with the criticism.”

“I think I’ve learned about the […]

Warcraft Film Gets New Name & Writer

The Sam Raimi-helmed adaptation of the video game World of Warcraft has received an official title.  The movie will be called Warcraft: The Rise of the Lich King.

In an interview with MTV, Raimi confirmed that the film will be based on the novel Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, and also announced that […]

Sam Raimi Wants to Start Shooting Spider-Man 4 in March 2010

Director Sam Raimi told MTV that he would like to begin shooting Spider-Man 4 in March, 2010: “We’re hoping that it’s the first week in March,” said Raimi.  In the meantime, Raimi says that pre-production is fully underway, with screenwriter Gary Ross continuing to put in work on the script: “He’s working on a […]

Sam Raimi To Direct World of Warcraft Movie

Variety has confirmed an exclusive report at Aint It Cool News Sam Raimi will be directing the upcoming film adaptation of the hit video game World of Warcraft. According to Variety, the plan is for Raimi to supervise the development of the project after he completes work on Spider-Man 4.  “At its core, ‘Warcraft’ […]

Gary Ross To Rewrite Spider-Man 4

Gary Ross will be reuniting with his Seabiscuit star Tobey Maguire.  The screenwriter has been tapped by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios to rewrite the Sam Raimi-directed sequel Spider-Man 4.

The script was originally written by James Vanderbilt, and then rewritten by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Source: […]

Sam Raimi Talks Spider-Man 4; Will Soon Meet with Kirsten Dunst

While doing promotion for his upcoming horror film Drag Me To Hell, Spider-Man director Sam Raimi told reporters that he’ll soon be meeting with actress Kirsten Dunst to takl about having her reprise her role of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man 4:

“I’m hoping that she is going to come aboard, and […]

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

Sam 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 […]

Sam Raimi Talks Spider-Man 4

samraimi-031609At SXSW to show off an early cut of his new horror film Drag Me to Hell, Raimi took some time out to give some updates on Spider-Man 4, the latest film in the incredibly popular film franchise. Details after the jump. Continue reading Sam Raimi Talks Spider-Man 4