‘Spider-Man 4’ Set to Kick Off the Summer 2011 Movie Season

The highly-anticipated film will bow in standard and IMAX theaters on May 5, 2011.
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‘Spider-Man 4’ Set to Kick Off the Summer 2011 Movie Season

http://movieweb.com/movie/spider-man-4/Spider-Man 4 Set to Kick Off the Summer 2011 Movie Season IMAX Corporation and Columbia Pictures today announced that the highly-anticipated action-adventure Spider-Man 4, will be released to IMAX theatres simultaneously with the film's worldwide release on May 5, 2011. The fourth installment of the successful Spider-Man franchise, based on the Marvel Comicbook character, will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience. The film will be distributed by Columbia Pictures domestically and by Sony Pictures Releasing International overseas.

To date, the Spider-Man motion pictures have generated more than $2.5 billion in worldwide box office receipts.

"The last two Spider-Man releases have been available in IMAX theaters, and we're very much looking forward to our return to a wider IMAX theatre network with this exciting new chapter in the continuing adventures of Spider-Man," said Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing. "The addition of so many new IMAX locations will give even more fans of Spider-Man an opportunity to experience the action and adventure in a unique way."

"Spider-Man continues to be one of the world's most popular motion picture franchises, and we are very excited to include the latest chapter as part of our 2011 slate," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Our network has grown significantly and we continue to roll-out new theatres virtually every week, giving more moviegoers the opportunity to experience the movie in IMAX."

"We're so excited to once again work with our friends at Columbia Pictures, Sony and Marvel to bring this beloved superhero back to IMAX theatres," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The Spider-Man franchise has been so important to the growth of our network and fan base over the years and we're certainly looking forward to re-teaming with the entire cast and production team to bring this next chapter to moviegoers worldwide."

Spider-Man 4 will reunite director Sam Raimi with stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. The screenplay is currently being adapted by Gary Ross. Producers are Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, Todd Black and Grant Curtis. Executive producers are Stan Lee, Todd Hallowell and Josh Donen.

The IMAX release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Spider-man 4 is in development .

Sources: Columbia Pictures

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  • comicbookfan • 6 years ago

    I am in total agreement for Felicia Hardy's sexy ass to be introduced!

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    • comicbookfan • 6 years ago

      Answers to JA Ottley, The Fallen:

      JA ~

      Yes of course MARVEL still owns Spidey, but they don't own the film rights, which is what I referred to. MARVEL sold them years ago back in the 80s to Cannon Films, which was then bought out in the early 90s by Carolco Pictures where James Cameron wrote his treatment. Then there was this huge lawsuit against Cameron and the rights were in legal limbo for years, which somehow ended up in the hands of MGM who in turn sued MARVEL Comics, claiming fraud in the original deal between Cannon and Marvel. Somehow the rights reverted back to MARVEL but they sold them again to Columbia (owned by Sony at this point) in 1999 for an estimated $7 million, even though MGM legally retracted by saying THEY still owned the rights, and were even about to make a competing film. Its all political and there is more to this story of the Spider-Man film development/rights battles, but bottom line being that MARVEL ended up selling out and NOT owning the rights to the film franchise. Which establishes my point of how Disney buying out MARVEL makes no difference in the process of making Spider-Man 4.

      The Fallen~

      I don't hate all MARVEL books. I just don't like the idea of a Disney corruption. Remember the Comics Code? I just hope no books get Disney-ized. How would they tell the stories of Punisher? Ghost Rider? Any other violent books? The Spidey insignia avatar just symbolizes my love for the ORIGINAL story of Spidey, from the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko stuff all the way through to the JMS/Romita Jr./Deodato era. Anything after that is garbage material IMO. But it doesn't mean he's not my fav hero anymore. I just don't read his current stories. Curse you, Joe Quesada! And damn your One More Day!

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      • escapist • 6 years ago

        Felicia Hardy is definitely a do-able character. She will do justice to the movie (if they use a good storyline and stick to the plot).

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        • penguin-9026 • 6 years ago

          MJ shouldnt be killed. I think a different actress should take on the role though. I think Gwen Stacy should have been introduced sooner and killed off. Spider-Man cant get overcrowded with girls. You got MJ, Gwen, and rumor has it Felicia Hardy might be introduced. Kill off Gwen, have MJ go do modeling in a different country or take off on a sabbatical, introduce Hardy and/or tease Black Cat. Hopefully they wont span out the lizard into the 5th one thats being planned right now because Id like to see villians like Vulture, Electro, Shocker, Carnage, Scorpion, and maybe but not probable Hydro-Man. People want MJ gone Raimi can do the storyline from the cartoon show with MJ and Hydro-Man.

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          • escapist • 6 years ago

            Can someone please kill MJ that bloody woman.

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            • narrator • 6 years ago

              CBF...why the hate for Marvel books? And why the Spiderman pic, if you no longer look 4ward to anything Spiderman save this? Just wondering.

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              • chronic • 6 years ago

                Marvel still own Spiderman...its just that the film is co-produced between 2 different studios

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                • comicbookfan • 6 years ago

                  Spider-Man 4 will reunite director Sam Raimi with stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

                  Thats as close an official cast announcement we will get. BTW SOOOO GLAD Disney can't f*ck this movie up because MARVEL sold the rights to this franchise years ago! Not saying that the films are all that, but with nothing to look forward to with the books (well, maybe except Black Cat's return - NOT MJ's), this latest addition is the only Spidey related media I can anticipate anymore. BTW I am no longer buying MARVEL books.

                  CBF out.

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                  • wonderwomyn74 • 6 years ago

                    My favorite will always be part 2.

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                    • spideykea • 6 years ago

                      I hope this one ends up being good, like the first two.

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                      • penguin-9026 • 6 years ago

                        This wont happen but if you want a physical actor I'll do you better than Del Toro. Christian Bale. I know it might seem like a what the f*ck are you thinking choice but I think Bale could pull it off.

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                        • chronic • 6 years ago

                          Very true but Del Toro can play a brilliant baddie as well.

                          It would definately have to between Del Toro and Butler though.

                          I was just trying to come out of the area of being too cliche, because every one says Butler due to his Leonidas role in 300

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                          • penguin-9026 • 6 years ago

                            Kraven the hunter should be played by Gerard Butler. Look at 300. The character should be played with that kind of physicality.

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                            • chronic • 6 years ago

                              hahaha, classic era, you mean the golden age, but duly noted

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                              • rocco2216 • 6 years ago

                                His first appearance is 1980. I consider the 60's and 70's the classic era.

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                                • chronic • 6 years ago

                                  maybe i guess we will just have to wait and see.

                                  I think Kingsley carries on the whole Osbourne story, which is pretty neat. i just reckon goblins are getting annoying, especially with the new goblin idea, i mean what the f*ck where the writers thinking.

                                  Roderick Kingsley is kind of a classic villain he goes on to be hobgoblin

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                                  • rocco2216 • 6 years ago

                                    They may have taken Roderick Kingsley out. Plus I don't see how Sam Raimi would be interested in him. He's not a classic villain.

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                                    • chronic • 6 years ago

                                      i agree Kraven has to be somewhere in this film, since it centers on The Lizard, that was my only major disappointment about the treatment and the opening lines.

                                      Perfect villains - Lizard, Kraven & Roderick Kingsley.

                                      Since Rourke ain't slated to be Kraven i reckon they should get Beneico Del Toro

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                                      • rocco2216 • 6 years ago

                                        I really think it's going to be the Lizard and Kraven or the Lizard and Electro.

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                                        • rocco2216 • 6 years ago

                                          Well Todd Black said back in June that Morbius won't be a/the villain. So we don't have to worry about that. We also know back in March when Mickey Rourke was cast as Whiplash in Iron Man 2, Sony wanted him for a/the villain in Spider-Man 4. That villain was obviously Kraven the hunter.

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