Thursday, October 16, 2008

Raimi Talks Spider-Man 4 & 5

Director Sam Raimi recently spoke with MTV about the well talked of Spider-Man 4 & 5 double shoot. The genius who directed Evil Dead and all of the Spider-Man films to date told MTV that a script is not written and that there is still alot of work to do before the project even begins shooting. Raimi infact suggested a best case scenario of beginning production in March of 2010.

First up, Sam Raimi was asked if the recent statements of Kristen Dunst meant she would in fact be in the next two films. “Kirsten, I’d love to work with her again, I hope she’ll be written into it. I couldn’t imagine making one without her, and I think she’s an important part of the movies,” Raimi said. Raimi's tone can be miscontstrued with the words "hope," but Raimi did make it clear that everything is in the very early stages. He stated, “I don’t have a script yet, but production would start probably by March of 2010, I’m guessing. It sounds like a long time away, but we need a script first, and a lot of pre-production has to take place.”

MTV next asked if Raimi would be doing both films back-to-back as it has been reported. Raimi again points to the fact that everything is still in the early going with no scripts turned in. Raimi said, “It’s Amy Pascal’s decision. I don’t think it has been decided yet, and she’s the one that’s really going to make that decision; I’m really curious myself.” He added, “If Tobey and me, and all the producers, like the story for two pictures and Amy wanted to do it, then we would do it. It just hasn’t been written yet.” Raimi also talked of how lengthy the project would be and was reminded that he was already exhausted from the production Spider-Man 3 alone. "It would be a real endurance test," he stressed.

The final subject of questioning for Raimi was if we would see Dr. Curt Conners become the Lizard. Sam Raimi was very forthcoming in his answer saying that he really enjoys Dylan Baker's performance as Conners. “He’s a great actor, and I think one day The Lizard’s story will be told,” he teased. Adding to idea of having the Lizard revealed in Spider-Man 4 Raimi said, “I don’t know if it will be this one or not. I just don’t know. I’m definitely hoping to work with Dylan in the picture. I just don’t know who the villain is yet.” So clearly Raimi is keeping the Lizard a definate possibility for either of the next two films. One thing is for sure alot of concept work and story development need to happen before we get anything real juicy on the next Spider-Man films.

What are your thoughts on Raimi's comments? Should MJ continue in the Spider_man franchise? Could Raimi kill her off in the back-to-back film arc? What villains would you most like to see in the next two films? Strikeback....