As you know there's a lot of drama revolving around the Spider-Man 4 production right now. The film was recently put on hold until Sam Raimi and Sony can figure things out. It doesn't seem like they are seeing eye to eye on a few things. The last we heard Raimi hated the script that they had, so they are currently waiting for the new script being written to be turned in. When it is they will decide how they want to proceed from there.
We've been hearing that the biggest problem revolves around who the villain will be, and it was reported that Sam Raimi is hell bent on casting John Malkovich as The Vulture.
In a recent interview with an Italian sports show called Quelli Che il Calcio, Malkovich was asked about the role and the film production. The Italian website Bad Taste summed up what was said in the interview.
When conductor Simona Ventura asked him about his role of Vulture in the movie, he not only didn't deny his involvement, but confirmed that he's waiting for the final script to be sent to him, and that the movie has been delayed. He also hopes that shooting will begin as soon as possible.
So Malkovich has confirmed his involvement with the film, and he's waiting for when that script comes in just like everyone else. Raimi has been wanting to work with Malkovich for some time now, he was actually was going to play the Green Goblin if Willem Dafoe turned it down or wasn't able to do it.
Malkovich is a fantastic actor and you couldn't ask for better person to take on the role of The Vulture. I just hope this ends up being the best possible Spider-Man movie it can be. If Sony Pictures and Sam Raimi screw up again then they shouldn't bother making anymore and give the rights back to Marvel. It already seems like fans are fed up after that third movie. One more bad film and it could kill the franchise.