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Spider-Man 4
pre-production information
Spider-Man 4 Teaser Poster
Directed by:
Sam Raimi
Produced by:
Screenplay by: James Vanderbilt
David Lindsay-Abaire
Gary Ross
Based on the
Characters by:
Stan Lee &
Steve Ditko
Starring: Tobey Maguire
Kirsten Dunst
John Malkovitch
Anne Hathaway
Dylan Baker
Rosemary Harris
Bryce Dallas Howard
Music by:
Distributed by: Sony Pictures
Release Dates: 2011
Preceeded by: Spider-Man 3
Followed by:

Spider-Man 4 was the planned, but ultimately cancelled fourth film in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movie trilogy. It was scheduled for release in mid 2011. Disagreements between Raimi and Sony about the plot, characters and deadlines led to the film being scrapped in January 2010. The franchise would eventually be rebooted with Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012.

Development and Pre-Production

Spider-Man 4 entered development in 2008, with Raimi attached to direct and Maguire, Dunst and other recurring cast members set to reprise their roles.

James Vanderbilt was hired in October 2008 to pen the screenplay after initial reports in early 2008 that Sony Pictures was in contact with David Koepp, who wrote the first Spider-Man film. The script was subsequently rewritten by Pulitzer-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and rewritten again by Gary Ross in October 2009.

Raimi expressed interest in portraying the transformation of Dr. Curt Connors into his villainous alter-ego, the Lizard; the character's actor Dylan Baker and producer Grant Curtis were also enthusiastic about the idea. Raimi also discussed his desire to upgrade Bruce Campbell from mere cameo appearances to a more significant role. It was reported in December 2009 that John Malkovitch was in negotiations to play Vulture[1] and that Anne Hathaway would play Felicia Hardy[2], though she would not have transformed into the Black Cat as in the comics in this film. Instead, Raimi's Felicia was possibly a new superpowered figure called the Vulturess.

In early 2010, Raimi became convinced that he would be unable to meet the planned release date due to difficulties with the script and withdrew from the film, effectively ending the project.[3].

Planned Cast

Lizard Concept

Lizard concept art by Constantine Sekeris.

Raimi's Thoughts on the Film

Raimi would claim in a 2013 interview that it came down to an inability to get together a suitable story that led him to pass on a fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise.

"It really was the most amicable and undramatic of breakups: It was simply that we had a deadline and I couldn’t get the story to work on a level that I wanted it to work", he said of his split with Sony Pictures. "I was very unhappy with Spider-Man 3, and I wanted to make Spider-Man 4 to end on a very high note, the best Spider-Man of them all. But I couldn’t get the script together in time, due to my own failings, and I said to Sony, ‘I don’t want to make a movie that is less than great, so I think we shouldn’t make this picture. Go ahead with your reboot, which you’ve been planning anyway’". He continued, "[Sony co-chairman] Amy Pascal said, "Thank you. Thank you for not wasting the studio’s money, and I appreciate your candor." So we left on the best of terms, both of us trying to do the best thing for fans, the good name of Spider-Man, and Sony Studios".[3]


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Raimi Film Series
Films: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3
Characters: Spider-Man | Mary Jane Watson | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Gwen Stacy | Robbie Robertson | Betty Brant | Curt Connors | Flash Thompson | Dr. Stromm | Mr. Ditkovich | Ursula Ditkovich | Maximillian Fargas | Henry Balkan | Rosalie Octavius | Hoffman | Bernard Houseman | Mr. Aziz | Bonesaw McGraw
Enemies: The Green Goblin | Doctor Octopus | The Sandman | New Goblin | Venom | The Carjacker
Locations: The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Technologies | Quest Aerospace | Osborn Penthouse | Goblin Lair
Video Games: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3

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