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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.

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