Ugh. I guess someone has to write about Spider-Man sequel news. Might as well be me, given my comic book geekiness.
So, James Vanderbilt, who wrote Zodiac and the forthcoming The Losers, has been tapped by Sony to write a fifth and sixth Spider-Man film. What’s that you say? There’s no fourth Spider-Man film? Well, according to Dark Horizons, Vanderbilt was hired to write Spidey 4, but director Sam Raimi didn’t like his script, and has heavily re-written it. Instead, “if none of the original cast/crew wants to comeback,” he will write an interconnected storyline for the fifth and sixth films, which haven’t even been technically greenlit yet, that might actually end up being more of a reboot than a sequel.
Great. There is zero good news. Raimi, who got back in our good graces with his phenomenal Drag Me To Hell, has a lot to answer for after the absolutely horrid Spider-Man 3. The fact that he’s doctoring scripts, and might not come back for a fifth, all leads to some very murky territory. Frankly, I think that, much as I love Raimi, it’s time for him to give the reins over to someone else. The first two Spider-Man films were good-to-decent, but I’ve got zero faith in the franchise at this point. Seriously, both the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises have successfully devoured themselves after their third entries (and please God, let me forget that Wolverine ever happened). Some fresh blood might be in order, and Vanderbilt clearly is a solid writer, so… we’ll see.