Update! : The Hollywood Reporter says the reason for the delay is that Raimi only wants one villain in the film, whereas the studio wants several (a’la “Spider-Man 3″). ”Raimi wants to have a criminal known as the Vulture act as the primary antagonist in the film while the studio, which dislikes the idea of the winged wrongdoer, is pushing for a romantic sub-plot involving a burglar named the Black Cat in addition to another villain”, says the trade. “A succession of writers has tried to marry the two parties’ differing visions to no effect.”
Alvin Sargent has found himself wedged in a bug-ridden web.
A few weeks back IESB reported that Sonyâ€™s â€œSpider-Man 4â€, originally due to film next month in New York, had been put on hold due to issues with the script.
The studio was, naturally, quick to debunk the story.
â€œEr, no. Um, we, um, arenâ€™t postponing the film. Itâ€™s, wellâ€¦. Yeah. Still Happeningâ€ (Yeah, Iâ€™m paraphrasing a studio spokesperson there).
But, as we all know, studios will debunk somethingâ€¦. Even if itâ€™s true. Smoke and Mirrors baby, Smoke and Mirrors!
Sardonically, the always-reputable Nikki Fenke has just confirmed that the film has indeed been stopped dead in its tracks by shitty scripting.
Fenke received an email from a visual effects crew member announcing that the film had been put on hold (see that here).
She adds, â€˜â€™ At that point, it wasn’t well known that the Spider-Man franchise director who also is helming the 4th installment had huge problems with the script that has run through screenwriters Jamie Vanderbilt, David Lindsay-Abaire, and Gary Ross. I’m even told Sam Raimi had been very vocal inside Sony that he “hated” it. Now Raimi and Sony are anxiously waiting for still another version from screenwriter Alvin Sargent, who wrote Spidey 2 & 3 and is married to Spidey franchise producer Laura Ziskind.â€™â€™
An insider tells the site that, unless Sargent can work a miracle and come up with a great script overnight, the film will now most likely not be able to meet its May 11, 2011 release date.
Itâ€™s also looking unlikely that Anne Hathaway (who recently signed on to play, er, â€˜The Vulturessâ€™) will remain on the film. Whether thatâ€™s because of the script, or the start date, we donâ€™t know.
Just bad news all round for the Web-Slinger!
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.