Spider-Man 4 Scrapped

Franchise rebooting with new film after problems
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2010 1:49 AM CST
Star Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire will be replaced for the "reboot" of Spider-Man.   (AP Photo / Michael Sawyer)
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(Newser) – Sony has canceled plans for Spider-Man 4 and will reboot the franchise with an all-new cast and a different director instead. The studio scrapped the fourth installment after director Sam Raimi told the studio that story issues meant there was no way he could meet the summer 2011 release date, sources tell Deadline Hollywood.

Raimi hated the Spider-Man 4 script, didn't want Anne Hathaway in the movie, and insisted that John Malkovich play the villain, sources say. The new Spider-Man will be out by summer 2012 and will feature Peter Parker as a teenager, according to a Sony statement.

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