Not even alliteration could save Spider-Man 3, but could a Pulitzer Prize winner swing in and save the day for the Spider-Man franchise? Columbia Pictures thinks so.
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his drama “Rabbit Hole”, is in final negotiations to write Spider-Man 4, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Pulitzer writers are no stranger to the Spider-Man film community. Michael Chabon, who won the Pulitzer for the brilliant fictional story “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”, helped with Spider-Man 2. What happened to James Vanderbilt’s draft of Spider-Man 4 is a mystery. What matters is that Sam and Ivan Raimi won’t be the ones writing the script. They should have learned their lesson.
I have to say that this gives me hope for Spider-Man 4. Lindsay-Abaire has described his plays as often being, “peopled with outsiders in search of clarity.” If that isn’t the ultimate character outline of Peter Parker then I don’t know what is. Most importantly, the choice of Lindsay-Abaire indicates that Columbia is serious about focusing on the characters in Spider-Man 4, and hopefully not the dance moves of Tobey Maguire. Tobey, you have a background in dramatic acting, show us this. I beg you. Having said that, it may be best to temper expectations, Lindsay-Abaire did help write the screenplay for Robots after all.
What the story will center around is anyone’s guess, though it likely will revolve around Peter Parker’s (Tobey Maguire) relationship with Dr. Curt Connors (Dylan Baker), his professor who eventually turns into The Lizard. Sorry, Venom fans. I don’t see him being resurrected. In fact, I wouldn’t doubt it if Raimi, director of the first three Spider-Man films, put that as a stipulation to come back for part 4. Now will he kill off The Lizard? Why not, he’s killed off nearly every major Spidey villain so far, why stop now? There are some Spidey fans who think Kirsten Dunst, who may come back to play Mary Jane Watson, would be better suited to play a new villain called Snaggletooth, but that is highly unlikely. Whatever the case, it is nice to see Columbia taking their web-slinging superhero more seriously.
What do you make of Columbia’s choice of David Lindsay-Robaire? What would get you in line to see Spider-Man 4?