Spider-Man 4 is officially happening! We’ll have waited 4 years by the time the next installment of the franchise is out in theaters, and we’re just now getting word on the script.
Sam Raimi just revealed to Sci Fi Wire that the script by David Lindsay-Abaire will be ready by summer. He says, "Right now, David Lindsay-Abaire is working on a draft of the new picture. And he's hard at work, and hopefully we'll see something in about three months."
Even better news is that both Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst have signed on to reprise their roles as Peter Parker and Mary Jane. Raimi has given any other insight into the rest of the cast, and that includes the villain possibilities. Raimi says, "At this point I do, but it's all going to be dependent upon the script, and I'll just have to wait and see."
"I'm not at liberty to discuss the villains yet. I think I have to wait till the finished screenplay, and then it'd really be up to Sony Pictures and the producers to determine when they want to release that information. To them, it's usually a big, a big, big thing, a big moment where they want to present the villain with the proper respect or fear that he or she deserves."
Raimi also says that he was given a lot more control over the first two films than the third one. He says, “They really gave me a tremendous amount of control on the first two films, actually. But then there were different opinions on the third film and I didn't really have creative control, so to speak. The best way for me to move forward on films, is that I've got to be the singular voice that makes the creative choices on the film. I love Spider-Man so much that I'd like to continue telling Spider-Man stories. But only under those circumstances where I think I can honor him.”
We think this is probably the last we’ll see of Tobey playing this role, but hey you never know!