Friday, October 31, 2008

David Lindsay-Abaire to Pen Spider-Man 4

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (upcoming Inkheart), who won a Pulitzer in 2007 for his drama "Rabbit Hole," is in final negotiations to write Spider-Man 4 for Columbia Pictures, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are back as director and star, respectively, as are series producers Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad. Kirsten Dunst also is expected to return for the latest movie featuring the Marvel Comics character.

Plot details are under lock and key.

James Vanderbilt previously wrote a draft of Spider-Man 4.

Lindsay-Abaire's "Rabbit Hole," which starred Cynthia Nixon and Tyne Daly, hit the Broadway stage in 2006 and won four Tonys, including best play. The writer also is known for the play "Fuddy Meers."

Source: Superhero Hype!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Don't Expect Elizabeth Banks Back as Betty Brant

Would Elizabeth Banks return as Betty Brant in a fourth and/or fifth "Spider-Man" movie? It doesn't sound like it, as she tells CHUD:

"If it's that small, I probably won't do it. They don't need Betty Brant. It's purely, at this point - and I don't think they see it this way - it's kind of a favor at this point."

She talks more about how she landed the role at the link above!

Sources: CHUD, and Superhero Hype!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sam Raimi Talks Spider-Man Sequels

Although things weren’t looking too good for awhile, “Spider-Man” has overcome adversities tougher than a Green Goblin-Doc Ock team-up, and now once again has Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi in his corner. But what about Kirsten Dunst?

“Kirsten, I’d love to work with her again,” Raimi explained to us this week, making it sound as if current plans to include Dunst for “Spider-Man 4” and “Spider-Man 5” are still up in the air, despite recent statements that she wants to remain with the franchise. “I hope she’ll be written into it. I couldn’t imagine making one without her, and I think she’s an important part of the movies.”

Nevertheless, Raimi admitted that the very nature of an episodic series requires that characters come and go. “I wish I could work with James Franco again,” said the man who directed the first three hit movies. “But his character died in the last one; same with Uncle Ben. Fortunately, we’ve been able to bring back all the dead characters [like Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn or Cliff Robertson as Ben Parker]. I can’t let them go, in each and every picture; but it gets harder and harder.”

Now things are about to get hard yet again for Raimi, as he’s making plans to continue the cinematic tale of Peter Parker. “I’m really excited about Spider-Man, and I’m hoping to direct it,” he cautioned. “I don’t have a script yet, but production would start probably by March of 2010, I’m guessing. It sounds like a long time away, but we need a script first, and a lot of pre-production has to take place.”

The filmmaking legend also revealed to us that there is a lot of truth behind rumors that he might shoot the next two “Spider-Man” films at the same time. “That had been talked about,” he said, deferring to the head of his studio. “It’s Amy Pascal’s decision. I don’t think it has been decided yet, and she’s the one that’s really going to make that decision; I’m really curious myself.”

By his own admission, “Spider-Man 3” was an exhaustive film to shoot, but Raimi is confident he can handle the double duty. “It would be a real endurance test, probably only Peter Jackson knows how hard something like that would be,” he marveled, hinting that “4” and “5” would be very closely linked in storyline. “If Tobey and me, and all the producers, like the story for two pictures and Amy wanted to do it, then we would do it. It just hasn’t been written yet.”

Finally, Raimi offered comment on the wishes of fans (and yours truly) to finally let Dylan Baker’s storyline come to fruition. “He’s a great actor, and I think one day The Lizard’s story will be told,” he teased, referring to Baker’s Curt Connors character. “I don’t know if it will be this one or not. I just don’t know. I’m definitely hoping to work with Dylan in the picture. I just don’t know who the villain is yet.”

Which characters do you feel need to return for the next two “Spider-Man” films? Mary Jane, The Lizard, or neither?

Source: MTV's Splash Page

Friday, October 10, 2008

The New Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Trailer!

Activision has provided us with the new trailer for "Spider-Man: Web of Shadows"! Starting October 21st, gamers can help Spider-Man fight the deadly symbiote invasion running rampant in New York City. "Spider-Man: Web of Shadows" will be available for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP, PC and NDS. Don't miss S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Public Service Announcement below the trailer as well! Visit the official website for more info.

New Trailer


S.H.I.E.L.D. Public Service Announcement

Monday, September 29, 2008

Kirsten Dunst "in" for Spider-Man 4

The recent revelation that Sony Pictures is looking to shoot Spider-Man 4 and Spider-Man 5 at the same time didn't reveal whether Kirsten Dunst would rejoin director Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire for the films.

Now, Dunst has told MTV that she'll be back as Mary Jane Watson:

"I'm in," said the actress matter of factly. However, when pressed to make the announcement official, Dunst quickly changed her tone, and rather cryptically added, "I'm not saying anything, I know there's rumors..."

The studio is targeting a May 2011 release for the fourth pic.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Helfer Voicing Web of Shadows's Black Cat

Activision has alerted us that current star of the new "Spectacular Spider-Man" series and "Battlestar Galactica," Tricia Helfer, is lending her voice to the mischievous Black Cat in the upcoming "Spider-Man: Web of Shadows" video game.

Originally a fashion model and winner of the Ford Supermodel of the World Contest, Tricia pursued a full-time acting career in 2002 with her start on the television series "Jeremiah." She's since starred in leading roles in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Spiral," and the paranormal drama TV series "Supernatural."

Look for Tricia on the "Spider-Man: Web of Shadows" community site – SeizeControl.com - where she will be announcing various upcoming activities and answering questions as they roll in from all over the Marvel Universe.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Raimi and Maguire Set for Spider-Man 4?

Back in May, Cinematical was the first to report that Sony Pictures might shoot Spider-Man 4 and Spider-Man 5 at the same time using James Vanderbilt's script that the site said spans two films.

Now, Deadline Hollywood Daily has added on that director Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire have apparently signed on the dotted line for Spider-Man 4, which the studio is targeting for a May 2011 release.

DHD adds that there's no deal for Kirsten Dunst to return as Mary Jane Watson yet, but the character will be featured and the studio would not recast her.

As for the baddie in the fourth picture, the site says that principal photography doesn't start until the fall of 2009 and that once we find out who the villain we'll know who is playing it. Naturally, speculation would put Dylan Baker's character Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard at the head of the line, but who knows?

According to the site, "the studio is trying to figure out if it can feasibly shoot Spider-Man 4 and 5 at the same time because doing that is so cost effective and 'it wasn't so easy to get everybody back together.'"

DHD also says that Sony has hired two screenwriters to pen the new script for the Spidey spin-off Venom.

Is this all accurate? We'll have to wait and see if/when the studio starts making some announcements, which could be a while!

Source: Superhero Hype!

Monday, September 1, 2008

About that Spider-Man 4 eBay Auction

We received many e-mails from the fans asking about this auction which is offering some incredible things for Spider-Man 4.

Since the fourth installment hasn't moved beyond a screenwriter so far, we wanted to make sure this was legit before mentioning it on the site. And after checking with some of our best sources, we found out that the winner of the auction will indeed get the below:

A visit to the set of Spider-Man 4 (one shooting day)
Location of visit will be determined by Sony Pictures based on scheduling of visit
A meet and greet with the cast (1 hour)
A walk-on/ extra role in the film for the auction winner only
Role and length of screen time to be determined by Sony Pictures
Trip to the New York premiere
Location of American premiere may be changed at Sony Pictures' discretion
Designer outfits to wear to premiere for winner and guest from top designers
Designers to be chosen by Sony Pictures
Winner and guest may keep the outfits
Winner and Guest will walk the premiere's red carpet


That is, IF the movie gets made. Otherwise you'll have to look a bit further down the page where it says, "If experience cannot be fulfilled, Sony Pictures will provide alternative set visits/premieres based on the provider's availability."

Now, since the third movie made a massive $890.9 million worldwide, we can't see Sony not making another film, whether it's a fourth film or a spin-off, but it's something to keep in mind before putting down over $5,000!

Regardless, the auction benefits the excellent Stand Up To Cancer, so what are you waiting on?!

Source: Superhero Hype!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Dark Knight Surpasses Spider-Man

Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dark Knight climbed to 7th place on the all-time domestic blockbuster list on Tuesday, surpassing the first Spider-Man to become the biggest comic book movie of all-time in North America.

The Christopher Nolan-directed Batman Begins follow-up added $5.67 million on Tuesday to bring its massive total to $405.7 million after just 19 days. Spider-Man reached $403.7 million domestically during its entire run in 2002.

The movie will next target Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which sits at #6 with $423.3 million.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sony Eyeing Spider-Man Spinoff

Marvel's VenomWith Heath Ledger's villainous Joker drawing attention and boxoffice dollars, Sony is moving forward with "Venom," a potential "Spider-Man" spinoff based on a bad guy.

The studio is developing the project, based on the gooey nemesis who appeared in "Spider-Man 3" and is hoping the character could serve as an antidote to the aging "Spider-Man" franchise in the way that Fox has used Wolverine to add longevity to its "X-Men" franchise.

But getting any spinoff off the ground, let alone one centered on a villain, can be tricky.

The studio had commissioned a draft of the script from Jacob Estes, a writer of the specialty film "Mean Creek," released several years ago by Paramount Classics. He's also attached to the Plan B drama "The Gifted."

But the studio is considering going in a different direction from Estes' script and is seeking writers for a new draft.

Casting also is no simple matter. Topher Grace played the character in the film, but agents have been eyeing the role for their clients, as Sony is not yet convinced the actor can carry a tentpole picture.

Neither Sony nor Marvel would comment for this story.

In "Spider-Man 3," Venom is essentially a parasite that attaches itself to a host via a sticky substance that then gives the host special powers. The fact that it is a substance rather than a character could give Sony leeway to cast a new actor.

"Venom" came about as part of the licensing deal between Marvel and Sony for the Spider-Man movies, which contained provisions allowing for the use of spinoffs based on other Spider-Man characters.

The project is part of a larger feeding frenzy for superhero projects, scores of which have been signed up in the last few months while movies such as "Iron Man" and "The Dark Knight" light up the boxoffice.

Sony is developing a fourth "Spider-Man" film for 2011, but that picture would come out nine years after the original movie debuted, adding to the studio's desire to see new Marvel characters.


Special thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the heads up!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Marvel Ultimate Alliance II: Fusion Trailer

I knew about this sequel to the first "Marvel Ultimate Alliance" video game since I've read about it in GameInformer, and I am sorry that I didn't mention about this earlier but it just went past my mind. But pretty much all of you fans known about this. The reason why I am posting about this in my Spidey blog is because it's part of Marvel and mostly because it's Spidey-related too (What can I say? Spider-Man is a playable character in it). This game will be released in 2009 and the official site is up but nothing much there except for the trailer which you can view below. (Click here to view the official site.)

Find more videos like this on ENewsi.com



Special thanks to the members of the Spider-Man Movie Network for the heads up!

Spider-Man 4 Movie & Web of Shadows Game Updates

Here's Sam Raimi at San Diego Comic-Con being interviewed about the Spider-Man 4 movie.


Here's the new trailer to the upcoming Spider-Man video game "Web of Shadows," coming out this in stores October 21st, 2008. (Also check out the game's updated official site here.)



Special thanks to IGN for the Spidey 4 interview and Superhero Hype for the video game updates!

Monday, July 28, 2008

New Spectacular Spider-Man Season Two Poster

Here is the show "Spectacular Spider-Man" season two poster. Looks awesome, huh? (Click on the poster to enlarge)

(Two new villains to the show's second season are revealed in the background of this poster. Can you guess who they are?)

Comic Continuum reveals something about season two. Here's a clip:
"While it was announced that Season 2 will likely begin around March, it was not announced where the show will air. It is highly unlikely that Spider-Man will return to The CW 4Kids."


Special thanks to Mayday from the Spectacular Spider-Man fansite for the heads up! (Click on the link for more information)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Choose the Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Game Package

Just in from Activision:

The future of New York City will be in gamers' hands this fall and starting today Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is allowing them to determine the Spider-Man™: Web of Shadows package image. Starting today, members of the Spider-Man consumer VIP community can go to SeizeControl.com to vote for their favorite videogame package options, all featuring the heroic web-slinger as he prepares to confront a devastated Big Apple. The consumer control campaign will continue through launch, giving fans the opportunity to vote on various aspects of Spider-Man: Web of Shadows marketing campaign.

To date, members have already helped Activision cast voice actors for actual roles in the final game, based on auditions that were held at this year's New York Comic Con. Voting has also commenced to find the perfect models to portray fan favorites Black Cat and Mary Jane in the Activision booth at San Diego Comic-Con in July. Fans will continue to have unprecedented control over the campaign with upcoming votes including gifts for pre-sell, gameplay content to be posted on the community website, packaging layout, and more.

In development by Shaba Games and Treyarch, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is scheduled for release this fall and has not yet been rated by the ESRB. Fans can learn more about Spider-Man: Web of Shadows and the full consumer control campaign details by visiting SeizeControl.com.


Special thanks to Superhero Hype/Spider-Man Hype for the heads up!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Spider-Man 4 Targeted for May 2011

The Los Angeles Times reports that "Spider-Man" franchise producer Laura Ziskin said the fourth installment is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters in May 2011.

Already scheduled for the month of May that year are Marvel's own The First Avenger: Captain America on the 6th and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.

Ziskin added that the screenplay is not finished yet, but that she and Sony Pictures were hopeful Spider-Man 4 could be ready in three years' time.

Neither star Tobey Maguire nor director Sam Raimi is yet committed to work on the next installment, but Sony has paid Marvel to renew its rights.


Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype/Superhero Hype for the heads up and Los Angeles Times for the article!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

"The Spectacular Spider-Man": Best Spider-Man Animated TV Show Ever!

I've just seen the "Intervention" episode today, and excuse me for my language but DAMN! This show is awesome! I can't wait for the other new episodes to come along, like Venom's full episode fighting Spidey in "Nature vs. Nurture." And not just this episode that was the best, but the previous ones were too (I haven't seen the first two episodes yet, but hopefully I will eventually). I hope they keep on making more episodes, I'll definitely watch it all nonestop. It's really interesting and it has a great line of cast and crew too. Keep on making them and we'll keep on watching it!

Sincerely,
GreenieGobbie

P.S. Also visit the fansite and the official website for more info! (click on the web addresses below)
  • www.freewebs.com/thespectacularspider-man

  • www.spideytv.com
  • J.K. Simmons on More Spider-Man Movies

    Superhero Hype!/Spider-Man Hype! recently talked to J.K. Simmons (AKA J. Jonah Jameson) on the set of his new comedy, I Love You, Man, with Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, and asked a few Spider-Man 4 questions:

    SHH!: So we know that James Vanderbilt is close to turning in a script for "Spider-Man 4." Have they reached out to you yet?
    J.K. Simmons: We sort of check in once in a while. They say, you know, we want J.K. to do it. We don't know where. We don't know when. We don't know who. We don't know anything, you know? They signed all of us for the first three films. Sam, Tobey, all the way down the line to me and we'll see where it goes. I mean its all conjecture and you guys probably know more than I do at this point. There was talk of doing four and five concurrently and I don't know if they're still considering that or not and I spoke to Tobey in I guess it was February, sort of awards season time and he's certainly amenable to doing some more and hopefully we'll be able to get everybody back and make another good one.

    SHH!: Or a couple of 'em?
    Simmons: Couple, three, four, five! Whatever. You know, I could buy a bigger house.

    SHH!: What if Sam decides not to come back as a director but stays as a producer, would you guys still be...
    Simmons: Well...

    SHH!: Would you and the rest of the gang still come back?
    Simmons: Well, I can only speak for myself, but if Sam were not the director but still had a hand in it then I would certainly have a reasonable amount of faith in it. Obviously if he's the director I'm there 100%. If he's not involved at all, which I think is VERY unlikely, then it would be a situation that I would have to think about. But if he's involved, hopefully directing or at least as a producer then, I'm pretty confident that it would be something that I wanna do. Plus they pay money.

    Thursday, June 5, 2008

    Sam Raimi Talks Spider-Man

    ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! talked to "Spider-Man" franchise director Sam Raimi this week and got his thoughts on making more sequels.

    "James Vanderbilt is writing the script and I'm excited to read it. I think it's going to be done in a few months," Raimi told us, adding, "I'm hoping it's as great as our discussions were about it and I'm hoping it feels right for me because I love Spider-Man. I'm hoping I'm well rested enough to embrace it and I'm hoping Sony wants me to do it. If all of those things come together, I would love to do it. There are a lot of unknowns about the future."

    And how does he feel about re-casting key players if needed? "I'd hate to re-cast anybody in the future, I can't imagine that."

    Wednesday, May 28, 2008

    Sony Going with a New Spider-Man?

    Sony Pictures tells us that there is no truth to the rumor that the studio is looking to replace Tobey Maguire in the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in future "Spider-Man" movies.

    Last week, it was rumored that Sony Pictures is looking to shoot Spider-Man 4 and Spider-Man 5 at the same time using a script by James Vanderbilt that spans the two films. While that hasn't been confirmed, Latino Review added its own rumor... that Peter Parker/Spider-Man may get recast for the films.

    Who do they say top the producers' list for the role? Patrick Fugit and Michael Angarano. More details here!


    Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype!/Superhero Hype! for the info!

    Friday, May 16, 2008

    Spider-Man 4 & 5 to be Shot at the Same Time?

    Cinematical has received an unconfirmed scoop saying that Zodiac screenwriter James Vanderbilt has turned in a working draft for Spider-Man 4 to Sony Pictures.

    The really interesting thing, however, is that they say his story arc encompasses two films, opening up the possiblity that the studio might shoot the fourth and fifth film at the same time!

    If this is indeed accurate, we'll have to see if director Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, and others will return for the two films.


    Special thanks to Spider-Man Hype!/Superhero Hype! for the scoop.

    Monday, April 21, 2008

    My 16th Birthday Today

    Today's my 16th birthday. Although I had my birthday party yesterday, but that was pretty good too. The cake was delicious. Thanks for staying and keeping up to date with Spidey on here!

    Thanks,
    GreenieGobbie

    Friday, April 18, 2008

    Web of Shadows Q&A

    Thanks to Jick08 from the official Spider-Man movie boards, I have found this interview from the two people who are working on the new Spider-Man video game, "Web of Shadows." Here's a link to the interview, and I hope you enjoy it.

    Click here.


    Thanks,
    GreenieGobbie

    Thursday, April 17, 2008

    Web of Shadows Video Game

    Just today when I opened up the internet and went to Yahoo.com, I found out about the new upcoming Spider-Man video game called "The Web of Shadows." Sounds cool, doesn't it? Well it gets even more cooler when you learn more information about it, which I did and which you can too. Here's the Yahoo link of "Top 5 Reasons To Swing Back To New York City," click here. And you can also view the teaser trailer here. In 13 days we'll be getting a new trailer of this game, so be sure to stay tune here. And also, before I forget, to make sure that you guys view the official site.

    Website: http://www.seizecontrol.com/

    Special thanks to Yahoo.com for this information.

    P.S. Here's two photos of the game too.(click on the small pics to enlarge them)
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    Sincerely,
    GreenieGobbie

    Monday, February 11, 2008

    Project Fanboy Fansite Award

    Yesterday I nominated my site on the Project Fanboy Fansite Award. To see my site on the nomination list, click on the link below that says "Project Fanboy Fansite Award". If you want to submit your own fansite, click on the same link below for instructions. Good luck to anyone who is nominating their fansite, and also wish me luck too.

    Thanks,
    GreenieGobbie

    Project Fanboy Fansite Award

    Saturday, February 2, 2008

    James Vanderbilt on Writing Spider-Man 4

    Comics2Film.com says that in a new interview at BlogTalkRadio.com, Zodiac screenwriter James Vanderbilt talked about coming on board to write Spider-Man 4.

    "I went in on that. I really loved the films," Vanderbilt said. "It's sort of an odd process because you're sitting down with the people who made the first three and going, 'Well let me tell you what to do.'

    "But I was lucky enough that they were interested in me and I'm a huge fan of those movies, so we closed that up right before the strike. Once the strike's over I get to go to work," he added.

    No release date has been set for the fourth installment.