EXCLUSIVE: James Franco On ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot: ‘I’m Sad For Sam And Tobey’

So Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are out as the twin big screen leaders of everyone’s favorite web-slinging wonder boy and director Marc Webb has swooped in to reboot the venerated Marvel franchise. As this seismic shift in the comics landscape sinks in, it’s not only fanboys and fangirls who are having to adjust to the prospects of a brand-new “Spider-Man.” One star from the earlier pictures is a little distressed about the fresh lineup.

“I guess I’m a little sad for Sam and Tobey,” said James Franco, who played Harry Osborn in all three Raimi-directed flicks, when MTV News caught up with him at the Sundance premiere of “Howl.” “I think they were a really good team. I think Sam invested so much of himself in that and he had the perfect connection to that character and that franchise and that world. He was doing probably his best work. I’m sad for both of them that they won’t get to continue to do that. And Tobey I think was an excellent Peter Parker.”

While Franco emphasized that he was not opposed to the idea of rebooting the franchise, he worried about the compressed time frame in which it will likely happen.

“I don’t have any problem with that,” he said. “It worked out well for ’Batman’ and comics themselves have different artists and writers and iterations of these characters. I think it’s perfectly fine. I think for the viewers you want a little space so you can get the other stuff out of your head.”

So how does the franchise vet think the new Webb-helmed “Spider-Man” will fair? Any clue about the fresh direction?

“I have no idea what they do next,” he said with a shrug. “Maybe it will be amazing.”

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