There's a Pulitzer-prize winning playwright trying his hand at the screenplay for 'Spider-Man 4'. David Lindsay-Abaire, known for his stage drama 'Rabbit Hole' is set to pen a draft of the script, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The trades reveal nothing of the film's plot or villain, and don't even provide much in the way of insights about James Vanderbilt's previous 'Spider-Man 4' script. Vanderbilt (best known for 'Zodiac') was said to have come to Sony with a two-part pitch that laid out 4 and 5 as back-to-back efforts.
The hiring of Lindsay-Abaire follows the tradition of bringing is high-brow writers to punch up the human drama after the Hollywood hitmakers turn in their drafts. Multiple-Oscar winner Alvin Sargent had a hand in all three previous Spidey scripts, and Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon did an uncredited pass at 'Spider-Man 2'.
Director Sam Raimi and leading man Tobey Maguire are signed on to return to the franchise. 'Spider-Man 4' is targeted for a May 2011 release.