Tobey Maguire Being Paid $50 Million to Shoot Spider-Man 4 and 5 Back to Back?

We heard rumours a couple of weeks ago that both Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire would return for Spider-Man 4 and 5, and although Sony still has not released anything official to confirm this, the evidence is growing stronger. This week the Times Online is reporting that the two sequels will indeed be shot back-to-back, and that Tobey Maguire will earn an expected $50 million in salary and profit shares from the movies. What’s more, he has also worked a deal in his contract for “family time”, allowing him to have early mornings and evenings off to spend time with his daughter, Ruby Sweetheart.

The article calls his salary a record high, but it’s hard to say if this is actually the most an actor has ever been paid for a single gig. Tom Cruise supposedly earned at least $70 million from War of the Worlds, although part of that was profit participation as well. Keanu Reeves got $15 mil plus 15% of the gross for The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. It’s all very confusing, but the bottom line is that Sony clearly believes that Maguire is key to the success of this franchise. I’ve always thought he was great as Peter Parker, but ever since they started talking about alternatives, I’ve been wondering how replaceable he might be. What do you think, is Tobey Maguire worth this kind of cash? Are you glad to see him return, or would you rather have seen someone else take on the role?

  • Bas

    He’s certainly part of the success of Spidey and I can’t think of anybody who fits the role as well as he does. And it’s only fair that he will make a lot of money – he’s the star of the show!

    I was a bit disappointed with Spider-Man 3, but it still had its moments. I loved when the crowd is egging him on to kiss Gwen Stacy and the kid says “Don’t do it, Spidey!” :)

  • twilightfox

    I’d rather see them not make any more Spider-Man’s period. In my opinion they all didn’t live up to the expectation they had, plus Snaggletooth is an AWEFUL Mary Jane Watson, but it’s Hollywood and the big thing in Hollywood right now is being unoriginal.

    If they are to do more Spidey’s though I would want Toby playing him. I found it way too distracting having Maggie Gylenhall(sp?) playing Rachael Dawes in the Dark Knight but again, that’s just me.

  • Bas

    If they would have chosen to wait a couple of years before continuing the series it would have been cool to get a fresh new team – especially for those that didn’t enjoy the first three. Not even for a d@mn reboot, just a normal continuation. I kinda liked Snaggletooth, but I’ve got a thing for dentally-challenged women :)

  • Matt

    Yea, I’m getting pretty tired of the Spiderman franchise. I would have liked to see Jake Gylenhall(sp?) play Spiderman from the beginning, and I never much cared for Tobey McGuire. I would say he’s overpaid and overrated, but the Spiderman movies are like crack to most people, so I would say that Sony should stick with their guns if they want to stay profitable.

  • James

    Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst should be replaced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mandy Moore. Yes, Mandy Moore. She’s terrific in Saved! And it should be directed by David Fincher.

  • I think the public is tired of Spider-man but I wouldn’t mind if the next ones made up for 3. It would be awesome if they did a Marvel Teamup…Spidey teamups were always the best ever.

    But man…I really wish actors didn’t get paid so much. If an actors salary is a movie budget in itself then thats just broken. The director should be pulling that kinda skrill!

  • Bas

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt: YES!
    Jake Gylenhaal: NO!

    And the director of 4 & 5 will make plenty of money, I’m sure of it.