To be honest with you, I haven’t a clue if this is good news or bad news for Spider-Man, but Columbia Pictures has hired Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire to pen the next installment of Peter Parker and company. Lindsay-Abaire wouldn’t be the first writer on a comic book movie with a Pulitzer to his name; Michael Chabon, who wrote “Spider-Man 2”, also boasts the hardware. So what exactly qualifies Lindsay-Abaire to write a superhero movie about a teenager who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and now swings around New York fighting guys with metal tentacles? Well, he wrote a play called “Rabbit Hole” that starred Cynthia Nixon and Tyne Daly. Yeah.
Lindsay-Abaire has said in interviews that his plays tend to be “peopled with outsiders in search of clarity,” which would put his work on sympathetic terms with Peter Parker, who in his classic incarnation is the perpetual outsider.
The choice of scribe also signals that that filmmakers are intent to focus on character, something that critics said got lost in the third installment.
So what does this mean for James Vanderbilt’s script, which had expanded “Spider-Man 4” into a two-parter with “Spider-Man 5”? No idea. Let’s just hope “Spider-Man 4” doesn’t retread what “Spider-Man 2” already did, and was, in a way, already retreaded in “Spider-Man 3”.
Below: Is more moping in store for Spidey? Probably.