In January 2007, Columbia Pictures entered negotiations with screenwriter David Koepp, who is credited with the first Spider-Man screenplay, to pen the script for a fourth film. James Vanderbilt was announced as screenwriter, impressing the studio with his focus on characterization. The studio also decided to limit the scope of the film to two villains. David Lindsay-Abaire was in talks to rewrite by November 2008, and Gary Ross was hired to re-write in July 2009. Sony Pictures Entertainment lists the release date as May 6, 2011.
In September 2008, Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire made deals to direct and star respectively in the fourth and fifth films. Sony wanted to film the sequels together to keep the budget down. “The studio never considered any other actor,” said a spokesman about recasting the role. “Tobey was our only choice and the only person we've discussed the role with.” The following month, Raimi said he expected filming to begin in March 2010. Maguire will earn $50 million in salary and profit shares for agreeing to shoot both films over six months. Part of his contract states he can take evenings and early mornings off to spend time raising his daughter. Actress Kirsten Dunst is also on board for the film. On June 22, 2009, it was announced that Michael Papajohn would return as Dennis Carradine, despite the character's death.
Beforehand, Dylan Baker, who portrays Dr. Curt Connors, expressed interest in portraying the character's villainous alter-ego, the Lizard. He also hinted that Carnage may appear, as Peter gave Dr. Conners a sample of the Venom symbiote in the third picture. Also, in the scene in which Eddie Brock throws his symbeote-covered coat to the ground in the third picture, Carnage could be created from that. Producer Grant Curtis is also a fan of the character, and also expressed interest in Kraven the Hunter. Raimi said that if he returned to direct, he would turn Connors into the Lizard. He also expressed interest in setting up the Sinister Six by introducing the Vulture and Electro. Raimi is also a fan of Morbius, the Living Vampire, citing the “combination of superhero plus supernatural”. J. K. Simmons will return as J. Jonah Jameson. Raimi has expressed interest in filming second unit shots in his home state of Michigan, having considered it for the third film before opting for the cheaper Cleveland, Ohio. In March 2009, Raimi revealed they were just focusing on a fourth film and postponed a fifth. To correspond with the fourth film, Marvel Entertainment awarded licensing rights to Gameloft for the official mobile video game of the movie. (from Wikipedia.)
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