Reuters posted this statement regarding the next film in the Spiderman franchise
“The "new chapter" will tell of a high-school-age Peter Parker, the alter ego for comic book crime fighter Spider-Man who had been played by Tobey Maguire, dealing with human issues as well as super-human predicaments, Sony and Marvel said.
The reboot follows recent speculation about the fate of a "Spider-Man 4" in development, during which a film's script is worked on and its production planned.
"The studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job," Sam Raimi, who directed the first three films, said in a statement.
That trio of movies, starting with 2002's "Spider-Man," have raked in roughly $2.5 billion at theaters and yielded tens of millions more in profits from product licensing, toy sales and other merchandise revenues.
In the first movies, Parker had already graduated from high school, so the fourth film will essentially be a reworking of the franchise. Maguire is now 34 years old and a father.
"We're very excited about the creative possibilities that come from returning to Peter's roots," Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement.
The film will be based on a screenplay by James Vanderbilt, and Sony said it would have more details in coming weeks.”
So it appears that yet another successful movie franchise is getting the (RE)boot! It will be interesting to see who is cast and how the finished product differs from Sam’s vision. I think that we can look back on the original Spiderman films with a lot of satisfaction.
When Superman The Movie was released in 1978 the promo was “You’ll believe a man can fly”. The producers knew that for the film to succeed the audience would have to see the Man of Steel FLY. It was the same with Spiderman. You had to believe a man could SWING.
And we did! I remember very well the rush I got watching Spidey swing around Manhattan on the big screen for the first time. Tobey Maguire will be missed but he IS 34 now and a father. So perhaps the time has come. It has been a great ride and I for one am looking forward to the next chapter!