Have you heard? Toby Macguire has bowed out of filming the (Untitled) Spider Man 4 Re-Boot movie. Macguire, 34, was made famous from his breakthrough role as Peter Parker in the Spider Man series decided to hang up the webbed suit weeks before filming was due to start. Sony and Marvel have decided to take the billion dollar franchise in a new direction focusing on Peter Parker in high school dealing with human issues along with super-human predicaments.
Coincidentally, director Sam Raimi and actress Kirsten Dunst have also withdrawn from the new film. Speculations circle around Raimi not willing to accept the script or financial conditions. Raimi has been quoted “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.”
Alas, the role of Peter Parker is up for grabs. Being that the film will take place amongst Peter Parker’s teen years, whoever gets the part will need to walk and talk the part of a high school student.
What do you think? Can you imagine Spider Man without Tobey Macguire? Sony being the power house that it is, is taking on a challenge and we’ll see, upon the release in 2012, if they can deliver a record breaking film like they have done in the previous years.