Director Sam Raimi has been working on the "Spider-Man" franchise for almost a decade. As he ramps up to shoot the fourth film in the series, his involvement with the web-slinging crime-fighter is certain to stretch on for a few more years, at least until the film hits theaters in May 2011.
With Sony Pictures commissioning scripts from James Vanderbilt for "Spider-Man 5" and "Spider-Man 6," the question among fans is if Raimi will return to helm the franchise in the future. Raimi himself isn't even sure, as he explained to MTV News during a recent interview.
"Every time I make one of the 'Spider-Man' movies, I have to ask myself, 'Is the character still intriguing to me? Do I love the character? Am I dying to tell the next story of Peter Parker and Spider-Man'?" he said. "And so far the answer has been yes."
For the fourth and fifth film, of course, a lot will depend on whether or not stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst return. Neither yet have deals in place. Further complicating the issue is that Vanderbilt wrote a draft of "Spider-Man 4" to which Raimi reportedly didn't respond well. For now, shooting on the fourth film is tentatively set for next March, and after principle photography ends, Raimi will be holed up in an edit room putting his film together. Only once the entire process is complete will the director be able to ask himself if he has the enthusiasm — and the proper creative control — to once again direct the Marvel franchise.
"If ever I feel sated, like I've got no more to say or I'm not really super-excited about it — because I know I'll also love it, but I've got to be super-excited about it," he said. "If I can't reach that level of commitment and excitement, I think then there'd be somebody else better to do justice to the story."
Which is not to say he's making a job offer to another director. "You have to ask me in two-and-a-half years," Raimi laughed.
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