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Sony Scraps 'Spider-Man 4', to Make Reboot Without Tobey Maguire

January 12, 2010 (2:49 am) GMT
The studio is parting ways with director Sam Raimi to make a reboot of its 'Spider-Man' film franchise, which will focus on a high-school-age Peter Parker.
Sony Scraps 'Spider-Man 4', to Make Reboot Without Tobey Maguire

Following problems on the script of "", Sony Pictures has scrapped the upcoming project. The studio is now planning to make a reboot of its "" film franchise, which will follow Spider-Man's alter ego Peter Parker during his high school age.

Since the story will see a younger Peter than the one appeared in the last film "", and will not be included in the cast of the upcoming project. Sam Raimi will not also direct the "Spider-Man" reboot, which will be produced by Columbia, Marvel Studios, Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin.

"We're very excited about the creative possibilities that come from returning to Peter's roots," Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment said on Monday, January 11. The studio additionally announced that the movie is slated to be released in summer 2012.

"Working on the 'Spider-Man' movies was the experience of a lifetime for me," Raimi said in a statement. "While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job."

Previously, Sony Pictures had postponed the production of "Spider-Man 4" due to unfinished script. The studio and Sam Raimi reportedly could not agree upon a villain.

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