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.
Sam Raimi / Director
David Koepp / Screenwriter
James Cameron / Story
Laura Ziskin / Producer
Stan Lee, Avi Arad and Eric Ellenbogen / Executive Producers
Digital Domain / Special Effects
Sony / Distributor
Summer 2001 (unconfirmed)
News and Rumors:
July 20, 2000
Via the Marvel comics booth at this year's San Diego Comic-Con International, director Sam Raimi is talking about the
Spider-Man movie. On a video loop playing at Marvel's big booth, the director talks of the film to come. The Comics
Continuum posted the full transcript of what Sam Raimi says as follows:
"We've assembled a great team of artists and technicians. We don't have anyone yet cast for Spider-Man, but we're
talking to all of Hollywood's hottest young men. I'm not at liberty to say their names, but almost every young great actor
has come to me and said that they must play Spider-Man because he is the hero of their youth.
"I've been a fan of Spider-Man since I was a kid. What is so exciting about Spider-Man is that Peter Parker, his alias,
the human being that Spider-Man is, lives in our world, in the real world. And he has problems that we identify with. He's
misunderstood. Unlike Batman and Superman, where you have the whole crowds actually cheering for him, Spider-Man
does good but he's misunderstood, and people boo Spider-Man. They don't know that he's doing good.
"What I'd like Spider-Man to be is not be a muscleman that is Superman or Batman, those stiff characters, but rather this
very, lithe, thin graceful dancer of a super-hero who performs his ballets 80 stories up, above the city.
"His outfit will be different that any of the super-heroes you've seen in the past, modern fabrics that you see them on
snowboarders or windsurfers. They're kind of a high-tech look.
"The web-shooters that are classic to the comic book, those metal bands that shoot the web fluid…in James Cameron's
original treatment of the Spider-Man movie, he's changed that. And I think he's done the right thing, because now
Spider-Man's webs come right out of his wrists. I think it's more interesting because it's one more thing he's got to be
embarrassed of. When he walks around high school, he'll be like this now (Raimi holds sleeves over his wrists).
"Of course, we're going to have lots of big action and stunts. We're going to have two of our favorite villains, the Green
Goblin and the terrible Doctor Octavius, also known as Doc Ock. And they do battle amongst the rooftops of Manhattan,
and the Goblin uses his devices from his Goblin glider, his own personal winged transport, to his infamous pumpkin
bombs, stun bombs, blast bombs and he also uses his bag of razor bats - you don't want to know what those things do.
Doc Ock is a brilliant scientist, and he has developed these snake-like arms. And they are expanding arms that can work
with great dexterity and fluidity, which I think is going to be quite interesting with visual effects, which are going to have to
be created digitally. And we have a great designer in Sony Imageworks to help pull that off.
"One of the big illusions of the picture is to make Spider-Man really fly through the city. It's got to have a graceful, soaring
quality. It uplifts the audience. Unlike some of the other super-hero pictures, where the guys are stiff on wires.
"We've got a lot of great hopes for Spider-Man. We think it's going to be very entertaining, create great new visuals that
the audience hasn't seen before and we hope it will be very, very successful because, at its heart, it is a young man we
can identify with and his problems, which hopefully we can relate to, and we'll get to watch him as he grows beyond the
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