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I’m not exactly sure what the writer and director of “Pleasantville” and “Seabiscuit” can add to a “Spider-Man” sequel, but it sure will be interesting to find out. Then again, just because Columbia Pictures has brought in writer/director Gary Ross to take a crack at the “Spider-Man 4″ script doesn’t necessarily mean anything he writes will be overtly obvious. More likely than not, Ross, a character-driven pic guy, was brought in to beef up the characters, since I doubt he’s your go-to guy for superhero action scenes. His past relationship with star Tobey Maguire helps — the duo worked together as star and writer/director on both “Pleasantville” and “Seabiscuit”.
THR says Ross is the latest high-profile scribe brought in to work on the superhero movie, the fourth in the franchise currently set for a 2011 release. A couple of people who have already taken turns on the script include James Vanderbilt (“Zodiac”) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire.
Not a whole lot is known about the Spidey 4 script, or which direction the studio will eventually decide to go (and what villains are eventually assigned to the sequel). The only sure thing about the movie is that Sam Raimi returns to direct and Tobey Maguire will once again slip on the tights. As for Mary Jane Watson aka Kristen Dunst, that’s still up in the air.
Below: “Sure he can swing around lots, but can he ride a horse? That’s the question, kids.”