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The future of 'Spider-Man' and 'Fantastic Four'

    July 10, 2007

An extensive article in the Hollywood Reporter discusing the future of film franchises touches on several comic book efforts.

The fate of the 'Spider-Man' franchise may initially be decided in the near future according to the report.

Producer Laura Ziskin, who brought all three blockbusters to the big screen, is apparently slated for a sit-down with the chiefs at Sony Pictures Entertainment to discuss the franchise's future.

"It would be great to have everybody back," Ziskin says. "But no one is going to sign on the dotted line until we have a script. These are the questions being discussed now. The one thing we have answered definitively is: There will be more 'Spider-Man' movies. We just haven't answered what shape they will come in and (Sony) hasn't given us a release date."

Things are not looking so shiny for 'Fantastic Four'. Although the 'Rise of the Silver Surfer' sequel was seen as a major upgrade for the franchise, the box office has not reflected it. proceeds dropped 66% in its second weekend, following an exceptional $58.1 million opening. Fox is developing a 'Silver Surfer' follow-up and is considering another "Fantastic Four" sequel, but no script is in development, sources say.


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