Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Raimi says Spider-Man 4 is Up to Writer

Comic Book Resources has posted an interview with "Spider-Man" franchise director Sam Raimi in which he reiterates that what happens in the fourth installment will be up to the writer they are hiring, including the villain(s). Here's a bit from the piece:

Sam: If I was writing it I would have a very strong opinion about that, but we're hiring a writer to come up with his own take. Sony was willing to go either way, we'll just have to wait and see what the writer comes up with. I think anything's possible, though.

I mean, there's been so many different versions, it doesn't have to follow the movies that we've made. I'd very much like to see Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, so I have a personal interest in that, but certainly anything's possible. Spider-Man's such a big character in the comic books that he could endure a lot of different interpretations. You could start over or you could start with a different aspect of the story than I've focused on in the pictures I've made, we'll just have to wait and see what the writer comes up with.

Hit the link above for the full interview.

Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype for the heads up, and Comic Book Resources for the interview.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sam Raimi On All Things Spidey

The ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy director on the new DVD, the ‘Spider-Man 4’ rumors and who might replace him

By Rickey Purdin

Raimi SittingTry spending eight years filming the story of a nerdy superhero and see if you don’t go crazy. Luckily, director Sam Raimi stayed sane (mostly) as he poured his heart into the Spider-Man saga. With the “Spider-Man 3” DVD in stores, Raimi sat down to talk about the strain of watching his own movies and discussed what he’d prefer to see in a fourth arachnid adventure.

WIZARD: Now that you’ve made your third “Spider-Man” DVD, does anything still surprise you about the process of going back to a film?

RAIMI: It’s interesting to go back through all the behind-the-scenes footage reels because it gives you insight into things that you didn’t know were going on when you were directing the picture. It’s like reliving your life from someone else’s point of view.

Are there extras you don’t like showing on DVDs?

RAIMI: I don’t usually incorporate deleted scenes because I figure I just want the movie to be what it is and nothing more. Those [editing] choices are made and I don’t want to open up the process too much and show old, bad ideas that didn’t work.

Do you generally like sitting back and watching your old movies, or is it uncomfortable for you?

RAIMI: No, I don’t really. It’s all very empty for me unless there’s an audience. The story is like an empty shell when you watch it alone. It’s like a dried leaf versus when you have an audience. It then becomes an acorn that grows. You can watch it grow and come to life when there’s people interacting with it and watching it, being moved by it or being frightened or feeling suspense or a connection to the character. So it can either be a very depressing, dead experience for me, or a magnificent one.

Spider-ManAnd you’re not a big fan of deleted scenes, right?

RAIMI: I just want the movie to be what it is and nothing more. Those choices are made and I don’t want to open up the process too much and show old, bad ideas that didn’t work. I don’t even go there.

Was it bittersweet to hang out again with the main cast to do the commentary?

RAIMI: It is a bittersweet experience. We didn’t celebrate. We never really celebrated because things don’t have a finite ending in the movie business. It’s not as finite as a graduation moment where you can throw up your hat.

Looking back, you’ve worked on Spider-Man in some way for nearly eight years. Has the excitement stayed with you?

RAIMI: I’m just as excited about the character, and so in that sense, yes. Although the physical energy level between how I felt before I started shooting versus what was left of me on the last day of photography, I was so exhausted at the end of “Spider-Man 3” I can’t tell you. My love for the characters and my passion for the stories are the same, but I was just a shell of the person that I was after all of those movies.

If you had to take a break and pick a director to replace you on the franchise, is there anyone at the top of your list?

RAIMI: Because I love Spider-Man I would just say—I don’t want to pick someone. I don’t know if I’ll be directing the picture or not, but I’d like to say that it would be somebody that was the best gift I could give to Spider-Man—someone who understands him and loves him and could bring his passion and love to the character. A character director probably; no one else.

Now, be honest, because some people fear picking up DVDs when they first come out because a special edition DVD is only four or five months down the line. Will this be the definitive DVD?

RAIMI: I can’t honestly say what is going to be offered down the line, but this is the transfer that I supervised and it’s got the highest-quality transfer of any of the “Spider-Man” movies. This is the definitive movie transfer. I won’t be back to supervise another “Spider-Man 3.”

Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype! for the heads up, and Rickey Purdin from Wizard Entertainment for the interview.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Spider-Man 3 Dominates the DVD Charts

The Hollywood Reporter says Spider-Man 3 ruled the national DVD sales and rental charts for the week ending November 4.

The third installment in the hugely successful superhero series, which grossed $336.5 million in theaters during the summer, ended the two-week reign of Transformers on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart.

Spidey's pull was so great that a boxed set of all three "Spider-Man" movies debuted at No. 5 despite a $40 price tag.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart, Spider-Man 3 generated estimated revenue of $9.7 million. Transformers slipped to No. 2 with $7 million.

On the high-definition disc charts, "Spider-Man 3" was an easy victor on Blu-ray Disc. On the HD DVD side, "Transformers" remained at No. 1 for the third consecutive week. Both titles are available only in their respective formats.

According to Video Business, the Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray Disc sold 130,000 units in its first six days on shelves.

The studio shipped about 400,000 Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray Disc units to retail for the title's Oct. 30 bow, making first-week sell-off about 30%. Sony said that does not include units bundled with the new $399 PlayStation 3.

That street week sell-off bested the comparable kick-off frame for Casino Royale on Blu-ray by more than three times. Casino Royale, which sold 40,000 Blu-ray copies in week-one sales, had been Sony's No. 1 performer in the format to this point.

The top-opening Blu-ray title across studios is believed to be Warner Home Video's 300, which the studio reportedly sold 250,000 units on the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats combined. It's believed about two-third, or 165,000, of 300 units were Blu-ray.

Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype! for the heads up, and The Hollywood Reporter and Video Business for the info.