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Spider-Man 4
Director: Sam Raimi
Scott Stewart
Producer(s): Avi Arad
Writer(s): James Vanderbilt
David Lindsay-Abaire
Gary Ros
Release: May 5, 2011[1](cancelled)
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Spider-Man 4 is a cancelled 2011 American science fiction action film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. It was supposed to be the fourth installment of the Spider-Man film series.

Development of Spider-Man 4 began immediately after the release of Spider-Man 3 for a 2011 release. During pre-production, Raimi originally wanted another villain to be included along with Vulture, but at the request of producer Avi Arad, the director added Lizard and the producers also requested the addition of Carlie Cooper. Principal photography for the film began in February, then in March, then late March/early April, but now the studio decided production will halt indefinitely. Sony insiders told Finke, “We will be extending the production hiatus on the film. The studio is firmly committed to this franchise but, for us, the script must come first.”



Spider-Man 4 entered development in 2008, with Raimi attached to direct and Maguire, Dunst and other recurring cast members set to reprise their roles. Both a fourth and a fifth movie were planned and at one time the idea of shooting the two sequels concurrently was under consideration. However, Raimi stated in March 2009 that only the fourth film was in development at that time and that if there were fifth and sixth films, those two films would actually be a continuation of each other.[2][3][4][5]

James Vanderbilt was hired in October 2008 to pen the screenplay after initial reports in early 2008 that Sony Pictures was in contact with David Koepp, who wrote the first Spider-Man film.[6][7] The script was subsequently rewritten by Pulitzer-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and rewritten again by Gary Ross in October 2009.[8] Raimi expressed interest in portraying the transformation of Dr. Curt Connors into his villainous alter-ego, the Lizard; the character's actor Dylan Baker and producer Grant Curtis were also enthusiastic about the idea.[9] It was reported in December 2009 that John Malkovich was in negotiations to play Vulture and that Anne Hathaway would play Felicia Hardy, though she would not have transformed into the Black Cat as in the comics in this film. Instead, Raimi's Felicia was possibly a new superpowered figure called the Vulturess.[10]