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Sam Raimi Tight-Lipped About Spider-Man 4

In a recent interview, director Sam Raimi discussed his love of horror films, The Hobbit and what role (if any) he might play in the production of Spider-Man 4.
When asked if he would be on board to direct or produce the next installment, Raimi said, “I think that’s going to be up to Sony Pictures, and I think that it’s too early for them to say, actually. But currently I’m working on… well, not now, but as soon as the writers strike’s over… I’m going to begin working with a writer on the screenplay. .”

Raimi was asked whether it is important to maintain continuity between the first three films and the fourth film and he had this to say:
”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.

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For the sake of the franchise—and for us true fans out here—let’s hope that Sony Pictures works out a deal to bring back Raimi and the entire cast. Though rotating artists and divergent plotlines work just fine for comics, a new director and someone other than Tobey Maguire in the lead role could spell disaster.

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