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SPIDER-MAN Parts 5 and 6 Gets a Screenwriter

by Joey Paur

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Sam Raimi and Sony Pictures are currently prepping up to start filming Spider-Man 4, which will go into production early next year. We have heard rumors of a 5th and 6th Spider-Man movie possibly happening as well, but there have been no confirmations. We have now learned that Sony Pictures has hired screenwriter James Vanderbilt to write the scripts for Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6, so I guess they are seriously looking at taking the franchise to the next level.

James Vanderbilt was the first screenwriter on Spider-Man 4 before Raimi brought in another screenwriter David Lindsay-Abarie, to re-write the script, after he did added his touch, Gary Ross was brought in to re-write that script. Vanderbilt actually wrote one of my favorite movies, David Fincher's Zodiac. He also wrote a few other films such as Darkness Falls, Basic, The Rundown, and The Losers, which is currently shooting.

Now Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst are not all signed on for a 5th or 6th film. Part four could be there last Spider-Man film. If they decided not to come back for these next two films, Sony plans on using these scripts as a blueprint to re-boot the whole franchise. I doubt that Raimi will return due to the fact he will be directing the new World of Warcraft movie after Spider-Man 4, and who knows what kind of movie franchise that will blow up into. My guess is, if Raimi doesn't return, Maguire and Dunst wont return either.

Sony is prepping up already because they don't want a huge time lapse between Spider-Man films. They want to keep their biggest  franchise alive. I think they know Raimi is out after this, and they are counting on the re-boot.

What are your thoughts on Sony and how they have been dealing with the Spider-Man franchise? And yes, we all know part three sucked, and that was mostly Sony, not Raimi, but that aside, what do you think?

Source: Variety

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