(Source: iesb.net) Has it been one Helluva busy 24 hours for the Spider-Man franchise!

First, the news broke that Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst have walked from Spider-Man 4. Then Sony went ahead and officially announced a full-on reboot with sights set for a currently unspecified summer 2012 release date.

Now Entertainment Weekly has even more details on the matter. When the studio lined up screenwriter James Vanderbilt to pen Spider-Man 5 and 6, they did it so as a back-up plan. You know, just in case things fell apart with Team Raimi. AKA they smelled smoke in the kitchen and ordered take-out.

Things get even more interesting as the Vanderbilt-penned reboot is already finished and the reboot is now in pre-production(!?!) Long story short if they dick around with their option on the character, it goes back to Marvel…who is owned by the Mouse… You get the idea.

Adding more insult in injury is their intention to making this new angle on Webhead “dark & gritty.” I can already hear some douchebag executive going, “Yeah, we’ll do it kinda like Nolan did with Batman!” Oh for fuck’s sake…

So just who would want to step into the shoes previously filled by Raimi? Their sources are suggesting a number of different names ranging from (500) Days of Summer helmer Marc Webb (My copy via Netflix comes in today as a matter of fact. Huh, small world!), Michael Bay (Isn’t he tad too busy? What with Transformers 3 opening next July and all) and Gary Ross who incidentially was brought up for rewrites on the ill-fated fourquel.

Needless to say, it’s going to be a very busy next couple of weeks for our friendly neighbor Spider-Man as new filmmakers and actors

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