limitations of his character and becomes a responsible young man."
July 7, 2000
A number of pieces of info regarding the Spider-Man movie have turned up this morning.
First, according to Variety, two actors are currently the strongest candidates for the coveted title role of the webslinger.
The trade reports that at this time, Columbia is said to be favoring Wes Bentley (American Beauty) taking the role.
Previously, Bentley abruptly chose to pass on Warner Bros.' Queen of the Damned movie project claiming he needed a
break. At that time, pundits were suggesting that the actor may have been attempting to make himself available for
Spider-Man. In addition, there were some rumblings that WB might take some action that would prevent the actor from
taking any roles while Queen was in production. According to the Hollywood Reporter, both parties came to an amicable
resolution of the situation.
Still Bentley's possible participation in Spider-Man may not be possible with word that the actor is in final negotiations to
join Heath Ledger in the drama called Four Feathers, this according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film, which will be
directed by Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth), would seem to have a schedule that would be in conflict with Spider-Man.
Should Bentley jump into Feathers, he is still obliged to move over to the title role of the Montgomery Clift biopic, Monty,
which is scheduled to start shooting in Spring 2001.
Meanwhile, though Columbia may like Bentley, Variety is also reporting that director Sam Raimi's favorite Spidey
candidate may be Tobey Maguire.
No matter what, the trade is reporting that casting of the film will be finished within the next six weeks.
In related news, the Spider-Man movie now has a producer. According to a number of sources, Laura Ziskin (To Die
For, Pretty Woman, No Way Out) has been given the nod to produce the film.
June 28, 2000
Though his name has been tossed rumored before, the London Evening Standard (via TheForce.net) is reporting that
The Phantom Menace actor is in the running for the Spider-Man role. Director Sam Raimi is said to be keen on having
McGregor take on the role of Peter Parker. Given how soon shooting is likely to start on Spidey and that McGregor is
likely to still be involved with Star Wars: Episode Two, this one doesn't sound very likely to happen.
June 27, 2000
Sony's Showbiz Scoop e-newsletter has been talking about those recent auditions for the casting candidates for the
Spider-Man movie. The most recent slightly tongue-in-cheek info says:
"Felicity's Scott Speedman read for the role, impressing producers who were anxious to pluck his brows, buff him up
and dye him dark brown...much to the actor's chagrin.
"Caveman's Valentine actor, Jay Rodan infused his grueling audition with athletic ability that impressed Sony skeptics
& Union stuntdoubles.
"And Whatever It Takes troublemaker, James Franco, who has already been cast as James Dean in a TNT flick, had
the spandex GIFT, but not the lift to scale scary Parker heights."
In addition, the newsletter passed along that Tobey Maguire may be testing for the film's title role as well. They're also
keeping alive that old rumor that Liam Neeson was up for the role of the Green Goblin.
June 26, 2000
Yep, there's a little bit more info about the Spider-Man production trickling out again. According to columnists Marilyn
Beck, Stacy Jenel Smith and Stephanie DuBois, scouts for the production are currently in New York looking at potential
locations for the film.
June 19, 2000
Finally, after months of rumors about who might be putting on the red and blue tights in the Spider-Man movie, there's
word of at least three actors who have done screen tests for director Sam Raimi.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the three actors brought in to try out for the role were Scott Speedman from the
WB network's Felicity, Jay Rodan, who just finished up his work on Caveman's Valentine which stars Samuel L.
Jackson, and James Franco from the critically loved and canceled Freaks & Geeks, Whatever It Takes and the
upcoming TV movie James Dean: An Invented Life.
The trade also mentions Tobey Maguire (Pleasantville, Cider House Rules) as being rumored to be in the mix, though
they may simply be passing along the previously reported, though not confirmed, Internet buzz.
June 16, 2000
This week on AOL, Freddie Prinze Jr. participated in an online chat to promote his film Boys & Girls. According to IGN
Filmforce, Prinze was asked about the Spider-Man movie which prompted the actor to reveal, "Um, I have spoken with
the director Sam Raimi but no decision has been made yet. One will be made soon but, I think they want to go kind of
young and make him little and scrawny and if that's the case, you probably won't see me slinging webs."
June 16, 2000
The Spider-Man movie has picked up yet another scribe to rewrite the previous script written by David Koepp.
According to Variety, the latest addition to the film's writing pool is Scott Rosenberg (Gone in 60 Seconds, High
Fidelity, Con Air). The trade reports that Rosenberg will rework the current script by David Koepp (The Lost World,
Stir of Echoes), for which the latter has already written two versions.
In addition, that same script is said to have, initially, been based on James Cameron's scriptment, though rumors making
the rounds since suggest that Koepp and director Sam Raimi are taking a different approach with different villains.
Cameron's original scriptment is rumored to have featured Electro and Sandman as Spidey's foes while more recent
unconfirmed rumors have often brought up The Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus. Time will tell.
June 14, 2000
Freddie Prinze Jr. is still talking about how he wants the role of Spider-Man. While talking to the Boston Herald, the actor once again
confirmed that he wants to be the webslinger. Prinze also revealed that Fox had been seeking him for a part in X-Men, but he chose to
pass with hopes of putting on the red and blue tights.
Back on May 4, 1999, the actor was talking to columnists Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith when he was informed that the legal tangle
for the character had finally been resolved. Prinze said at that time, "The moment we hang up, I'm making phone calls. I read comic books
to this day. Spider-Man was one of my favorites when I was growing up. I used to think I could walk up walls when I was just a little
While talking to IGN Movies. Ledger set the record straight (sorta) on his possible participation in Sam Raimi's movie.
When asked if he had been approached about the role of Peter Parker, Ledger said, "Yeah, I guess [I've been
approached]. I'm not a really big fan of putting on the tights or anything though."
May 31, 2000
Comics Continuum has posted some information on the upcoming Spider-Man movie, and its animated spin-off. Arad
said he's reading the latest draft for the Spider-Man movie, written David Koepp and which will be directed by Sam
Raimi. "It's terrific. We're really getting there," he said. And he confirmed the movie's villains: "It will be Green Goblin and
Doc Ock," he said. In terms of casting, Arad said he expects it to get underway in the next 60 days.
Arad also said that there will be a computer-generated Spider-Man animated television series to follow the live-action
Spider-Man movie. "We're going to do that at Sony," Arad said. "We haven't selected a network yet, but that's not going
to be a big problem." Arad said the series would probably start in the spring of 2002. "Because the movie is coming out
Thanksgiving, 2001, we'll follow the show right after the movie," he said