Spidey to Return for 2 More Films

Maguire, Raimi will be back; no word on Dunst
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 7, 2008 10:02 AM CDT
Director Sam Raimi, center, chats with the main actor of his latest film "Spider-Man 3," Tobey Maguire, right, as actress Kirsten Dunst smiles at the World Premiere in Tokyo Monday, April 16, 2007.    (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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(Newser) – The web-slinging’s not over for Tobey Maguire, who, along with director Sam Raimi, is nearing a deal for two more Spider-Man movies, says the Hollywood Reporter. The first three films make up Sony’s highest-grossing movie franchise, having scored $2.5 billion internationally. The studio is considering back-to-back production of the sequels, beginning next fall, with a tentative release of Spider-Man 4 in May 2011.

It remains to be seen whether Kirsten Dunst will return as Mary Jane Watson, but as for speculation that Sony was considering replacing Maguire: “the studio never considered any other actor. Tobey was our only choice and the only person we've discussed the role with," said a Sony rep.