Tobey Agrees To SPIDERMAN 4 & 5 . . . On HIS Schedule18.09.08 # News # 6 Comments
Tobey Maguire will star in Spiderman 4 and Spiderman 5, which will shoot back-to-back in an effort to reign in the massive costs of making these things. He’ll receive a record $50 million dollars in salary and profit shares for both films. In addition he has negotiated “family time” as part of his contract, which will allow him “early mornings” and “evenings off” to spend time with his 22-month-old daughter Ruby.
In the next few days Sony is expected to reveal whether Maguire’s ex-girlfriend Kirsten Dunst will be returning as his on-screen love interest, Mary Jane Watson. There has so far been no mention if director Sam Raimi would also be returning.
I’ve said before I’m not a big comic book guy, they never really were on my radar growing up. My attention at the newsstand was always distracted to the inaccessible back row touting the current issues of SET SAIL and YAUGHTING MONTHLY. But I digress . . .
Anyhoo, in regards to the SPIDERMAN series, I thought the first one was “meh”, totally dug SPIDERMAN 2 and scratched my head at the continuous bad choices of SPIDERMAN 3. I also thought Maguire was pretty good in the role but could easily imagine pretty much any baby-faced actor (currently being mocked by some critics as “boy-men). So should he be making this kind of bank to come back for the sequels? Quite honestly, in regards to this series, I don’t think the paying audience gives two sh*ts who’s donning the red-and-black tights so long as it’s amidst a fun, entertaining movie. It’s not like we’re talking “John McClane” here who is pretty much Bruce Willis’ alter ego (another example seems to be Robert Englund as Freddy, based on the reaction to him being replaced – see here).
Time and again Hollywood seems clueless as to what components are the necessities for a successful sequel. And most of the time it involves the cast. Another prime example is with the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films. A medium-sized country SHOULD go to Johnny Depp to reprise “Jack Sparrow”. But they also paid a hefty fortune for the return of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley.
Getting back to Maguire’s deal, there has been a lot of criticism about him choosing his hours to film. And God knows what kind of shooting schedule they’re gonna end up with based pretty much on 9-to-5 working hours. But if Hollywood is willing to give it to him, why not take it? Wouldn’t you?
How does this bode for Spiderman 4 and 5? Leave your thoughts in the comments.