James Vanderbilt Signs On To Write Spider-Man 5,6

18 08 2009

Vanderbilt - Spider-Man

There is a large section of the population that believes that you cannot be a true Spider-Man fan if you enjoyed the abomination that was Spider-Man 3. The movie was, to put it simply, an insult to an audience that the studio, the writer and the director were playing down to. Despite the fact that enough huff has been made over next year’s Spider-Man 4, with the main player’s jobs still intact, Sony is also moving forward with a number 5 and 6 in the series and have hired James Vanderbilt to write them. From Variety:

Vanderbilt was the first writer on Spider-Man 4. Director Sam Raimi brought on “Rabbit Hole” playwright David Lindsay-Abaire to rewrite him, and Gary Ross is now rewriting that script. The studio is enthusiastic about where it stands as the picture begins prepping for an early 2010 production start for a May 2011 release.

Raimi didn’t embrace all of Vanderbilt’s ideas, but execs at Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios have. Vanderbilt has been hired to pen the fifth and sixth movies, which have an interconnected storyline. That’s what was originally discussed when Vanderbilt signed on to write Spider-Man 4, but the idea of shooting a fourth and fifth film back to back with the original cast was scrapped.

Just to clarify, Vanderbilt was supposed to write Spider-Man 4, but was replaced when his script wasn’t good enough. Are they serious? To make matters worse, it would seem that the choice that led to Vanderbilt was entirely from the studio with no involvement from Raimi. This has bad written all over it.

To his credit, Vanderbilt wrote both Zodiac, an albeit over-long but great crime story, and The Rundown, a fairly underrated but fun movie. Spider-Man is far and away my favorite comic book character and my heart was broken while walking out of the theater on May 5, 2007. Hopefully they can make up for their mistakes and put the series back on track.




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