Spider-Man 4 Gets Pulitzer-Prize Winning Writer

Things are finally starting to get underway for the next Spider-Man film, and as we all know, everything starts with the script. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire has signed on to pen the script for Spider-Man 4, either starting from scratch or rewriting a draft that was originally penned by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Rundown). Nothing about the plot or the characters involved has been revealed thus far.

Lindsay-Abaire recently wrote the screen adapation for the upcoming Brendan Fraser fantasy film Inkheart, and also was one of three screenwriters for the animated film Robots. The fact that he won a Pulitzer Prize for his play Rabbit Hole may or may not be relevant to this project, but it sounds like they’re trying to get back to the heavily praised Spider-Man 2, which was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon. I can’t help but roll my eyes sometimes with all these comic book movies seemingly trying to become high art. At the same time, I don’t know if it can hurt the process either. What do you think, is this good news or bad news for Spider-Man 4?

  • Bob The Slob

    That’s what we need…more superhero movies.

  • I’ll bet they’ll finally turn Kurt Connors into The Lizard. Maybe they’ll also do the youth-draining storyline involving The Vulture…man…hopefully this will be better than 3.

  • joe

    Seriously… I’m done with spiderman.

  • Ian

    I don’t know if they are trying to become high art. I figure it makes sense to get good writers on any project and if it’s a fun comic movie filled with spectacle then that’s great! I mean the key to something being “high art” is that it’s supposed to be boring and require the audience to work and struggle to understand and appreciate it right? I’d imagine that makers of such things don’t mind being given the chance to work on a project where there can be a little more levity.

  • Darren

    Joe, would you even say why?