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Sony shoots it Web load on "Spider-Man Redux": A Very "Serious" Bitter Balcony Edition


Sony shoots it Web load on "Spider-Man Redux": A Very "Serious" Bitter Balcony Edition

We guess Tobey Maguire is out of a meal ticket. As reported by realbollywood.com, Maguire and Spider-Man series director Sam Raimi have decided to quit a fourth installment of the series, blaming that always nondescript "creative differences" between them and Sony, the production company behind the franchise. Apparently, Raimi was upset that Sony wasn't too fond of using a demon-possessed talking goat as Spidey's nemesis ("Drag Me To Hell" pun, but still a better rival than Vulture!). In all seriousness, this divorce was over with script conflicts.

Now, with the original director and star out of the mix, Sony's apparent contingency plan is to start from scratch, taking Peter Parker back to his nerdy days of high school. "500 Days Of Summer" director Marc Webb has been hired to take over this new film on the webslinger in hopes of attracting a younger audience. In spite of re-casting setbacks, the new "Spider-Man" is scheduled for a 2012 release.

Hollywood proves once again that nobody knows how to ruin a good thing better than them. While hiring Webb to replace Raimi has potential, completely removing Raimi without any creative input is wrong. In Raimi's hands, the series a had soul. He made us care for Peter Parker, who unlike his older superhero peers, is endowed with these special powers during his teenage years, the most difficult time in his life. How Peter balances his youthful wants with his duties as Spider Man makes him a vulnerable and likable hero. Raimi kept this in scope during one good movie (part 1), a great one (part 2), and a troubled one (part 3).

We admit "Spider-Man 3" has severe struggles, and a new director could take the character places perhaps even Raimi might not go. Webb showed a lot of visual talent and narrative depth with the bittersweet "500 Days Of Summer." But where Sony messed up was revamping a franchise than is not only a new one (the last installment was released in 2007), but one that has a good infrastructure in spite of the third film's dents (did we mention it was still a cash cow?).

This isn't the "Batman" series than needed a makeover after Joel Schumaker defiled the Caped Crusader, nor is it the outdated "Superman" storyline Brian Singer failed to revive. This "Spider-Man" thread is still fresh and Maguire is at an age where he can still portray the young Parker. The possibility of going into darker, meatier themes would pit against the good nature of Spider-Man, and it would resonate with audiences who saw the first film as kids and are now entering their 20s and 30s. Instead, Sony, to sacrifice a good arc for what they "think" might appease teenagers is a stab at Raimi's work, on Webb's ability to carry the torch, and on Sony itself for not respecting the legacy of their franchise. Our spider sense tells us to be wary of this "revision," unless Kristen Dunst's great rack gets to bounce around in the rain again.

Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

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