Get ready for more ‘Spider-Man’ villain rumors.
Variety reports Sony Pictures has “quietly” brought on James Vanderbilt to write the screenplays for “Spider-Man 5” and “Spider-Man 6.” Intriguingly, Vanderbilt was the first screenwriter on the currently prepping “Spider-Man 4,” but director Sam Raimi recruited acclaimed playwright David Lindsay-Abaire for a rewrite seemingly not satisfied with the writer’s work.
It appears Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are much more on the Vanderbilt bandwagon than Raimi. Since the director and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst aren’t confirmed beyond a fourth film, the fifth and sixth installments are being plotted as a franchise reboot (if necessary). With Raimi on board to direct Warner Bros.’ “World of Warcraft” it’s unclear whether more “Spider-Man” is in his or the actors’ future plans. Even with so much up in the air, the trade reports the studio is moving forward at this time to ensure there are no three to four year delays in between each subsequent sequel. Over four years will have passed when “Spider-Man 4” opens in the summer of 2011.
No word on what direction in particular Vanderbilt will take the new franchise, but the studio hopes to have them interconnected and shoot them back-to-back.
Vanderbilt’s credits include another superhero adaptation, the upcoming Warner Bros. picture “The Losers” and David Fincher’s “Zodiac.”
“Spider-Man 4” will begin production in early 2010.