'Spider-Man' Reboot Gets A New Writer

Spider-ManEarlier this year, Sony announced plans to completely reboot the "Spider-Man" film franchise without director Sam Raimi or star Tobey Maguire.

And while Sony has promised that the new film will be "Peter Parker told differently," one of the screenwriters from the original "Spider-Man" film series will be returning for the wall-crawler's latest outing.

Alvin Sargent has signed on to rewrite the "Spider-Man" reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sargent is reportedly working from the previous draft by Jamie Vanderbilt ("Zodiac"), with production planed to begin later this year.

The report also reiterates earlier reports that the story for the new "Spider-Man" will be "more emotionally anchored and realistic than the previous movies." It also mentions that "Peter Parker will be a 17-year-old high school kid struggling with shifting hormones and an outsider status."

Sargent has been writing for film and television since 1953 and won two Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Awards for "Julia" and "Ordinary People." Sergent also contributed an uncredited rewrite to the first "Spider-Man" film, before going to collaborate on the screenplays for both "Spider-Man 2" and "Spider-Man 3." He was also working on "Spider-Man 4" before it was shut down by the studio.

Back in January, it was confirmed that Marc Webb — the director of "(500) Days of Summer" — had signed on to helm the "Spider-Man" reboot. However, there is currently no word on who will step into the role of Peter Parker.

"Spider-Man" will also be filmed in 3-D and is scheduled to spin into theaters on July 3, 2012.

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