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New writer boards SPIDER-MAN 4

Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire to spin tale

By Rob M. Worley     October 31, 2008
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man in SPIDER-MAN 3 (2007).
© Columbia Pictures

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.


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RaM1Lo 10/31/2008 6:07:14 AM

All i ask is that they sidestep the slapstick and try to get back to comic continuity as much as possible.

AMiSHPiRATE 10/31/2008 6:16:55 AM

 Is Spiderman 4 going to be going up against Captain America?  It's a true shame they can't drop some avengers hints in the Spiderman franchise.

violator14 10/31/2008 9:08:08 AM

Gee... im surprised there's no rumors of another fuckin "Reboot" even for this movie. Im so sick of hearing that shit. haha

redhairs99 10/31/2008 12:38:55 PM

I think they should do a total reboot of Spider-man.  I mean, come on, who even saw the first three films.  They were complete flops at the box office and possibly the worst comic book films to date.  ;)

timesobserver 11/1/2008 5:40:10 AM

OK, I have a few rules for the fourth movie:

1. No one crying, especially Spider-Man.

2. No one is allowed to dance, again, especially Spider-Man.

3. The bad guy doesn't find out who Spider-Man is. (It's getting really tiring, believe me.)

4. The bad guy doesn't die, but goes off to jail. (Because killing them off at the end of the movie is getting tiring too.)

5. As Rammar said, a bit more comedy and a lot less drama. You know, not every Spider-Man comic had a lot of drama. I want some more action and a lot less drama, crying, dancing and whining.

6. And let's stick with one bad guy. Spider-Man 3 had too many. Two would have been fine if they wanted to do Venom.

I guess that's about it. But how hard is it, really?

stupidmania 11/1/2008 6:10:55 AM

 stop right now. Bring in David Koepp or whatever his name was who did the first one. the ONLY one I liked.

lracors 11/1/2008 10:46:50 AM

For Spidey 4 I would like to see the Lizard and Kraven that would be awesome.  I agree on most of Newseditor's comments except for #6 you could do 2 villains, no more Harry angst to deal with that cycle is closed now.  Spidey needs more of the classic fight jokes (even bad one's) that was core to his character joking in the face of danger.  For Venom that was a waste not as horribly bad as Bane in Batman & Robin (ugh) but still they should have left Venom out and focused on Sandman the only interesting person in Spidey 3.

metalpause 11/2/2008 3:12:17 AM


7. In no way, shape, or form should Spidey's mask get ripped, or partially damaged, so that he must remove it in some dramatic fashion.



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