Normally, I would have skipped over this latest interview with Raimi because too many sites/interviewers seem to be asking Sam the same question too many times. The director/producer has already stated on numerous occasions that he will not be writing SPIDER-MAN 4, that he will not be directing the next installment and that his involvement is basically as a producer watching over the project. Still, in this latest interview with Comic Book Resources, Raimi did update us about his desire that Tobey Maguire stay on board the project. At least, he truly hopes Maguire returns to wear Spidey's duds one more time for Sony.
Here's what Raimi told CBR:
Sam: If I was writing it I would have a very strong opinion about that, but we're hiring a writer to come up with his own take. Sony was willing to go either way, we'll just have to wait and see what the writer comes up with. I think anything's possible, though.
I mean, there's been so many different versions, it doesn't have to follow the movies that we've made. I'd very much like to see Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, so I have a personal interest in that, but certainly anything's possible. Spider-Man's such a big character in the comic books that he could endure a lot of different interpretations. You could start over or you could start with a different aspect of the story than I've focused on in the pictures I've made, we'll just have to wait and see what the writer comes up with.
To read the full interview, click the link above.
Sony wishes for SPIDER-MAN 4 to hit theaters sometime in 2009.