Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Vanderbilt on Spidey 4

Screenwriter James Vanderbilt has been picked by SONY to write the script for Spider-Man 4. A film which will reportedly be scaled back from the previous installments (especially in terms of budget) and focus more on character than special effects. It is also reported that the film will follow the two villain model of Spider-Man 2 rather than 3.

Vanderbilt previously worked on scripts for Zodiac, The Rundown, Darkness Falls, Basic and apparently a rewrite of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He was picked because of his attention to character driven story.

This scaled back approach is in my opinion exactly what the series honestly needs. While Sam Raimi has mused that if he did come back he would like to round out a Sinister Six storyline featuring Vulture and Electro I think that's mostly just speculation and wishful thinking. I think what we really need is a simpler darker kind of gritty story. Maybe Kraven the Hunter comes to New York to track down The Lizard. It could take place in dark back alleys and sewers. Even Spider-Man has a few dark story arcs, and I think that would be a good one to tell.

We'll have to wait and see what transpires. For the record the last thing we had previously heard about this film was that David Koepp was being courted to write it, however apparently negotiations with him fell through.

As a final thought and a totally random side note, Avi Arad said recently in an interview that Marvel has a Venom movie in the pipeline... very interesting.

Cross your fingers for more on ol webhead in the very near future. Spidey 4 is currently set for a summer 2010 release. Hope that writers strike doesn't get in the way.


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