I’m not quite sure what’s going on with Spider-Man 4 right now, but apparently the script is still being kicked around, and this week yet another new screenwriter has been brought in to have a crack at it. Columbia has hired Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, Big) to do a rewrite, who has previously worked with Tobey Maguire on a number of projects. Story details are still very much under wraps.
This makes Ross the third major writer to join the project after James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Inkheart) also wrote previous versions of the screenplay. For the moment it appears that Sam Raimi is not having a hand in writing the screenplay himself. So is this a reason to start worrying about the film? I don’t think so. While too many rewrites can leave a movie nearly incoherent, this doesn’t always have to be the case. Let’s not forget that Spider-Man 2 had a ton of writers, including Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (Smallville), Michael Chabon (Wonder Boys), and Alvin Sargent (Ordinary People). What do you think, is this a bad sign for the project? Do the people involved give you hope?