Whoa. This is some pretty crazy news being reported by Nikki Finke over at Deadline Hollywood today, and it looks like Spider-Man 4 as we know it is officially dead! We heard that there was trouble on the Spider-Man 4 front when it came out that there were disagreements over the script and that the release date might end up getting pushed back. Apparently when push came to shove, Sam Raimi has decided to walk away, and Sony has decided not to replace him.
Instead, they will now turn their attention to a reboot of the franchise from a script that was written by James Vanderbilt a while back. Everyone will be recast, which means that Tobey Maguire has donned the red and blue tights for the last time. Sony has confirmed this news with a short, non-committal update from their Twitter account:
“Spider-Man: Summer 2012: Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012.”
Sam Raimi will likely turn his attention to the World of Warcraft movie next. What do you think, did Raimi make the right decision? Is this a major disappointment, or are you excited to see someone new take the reins? And is Summer 2012 too soon for Sony to start over again?