Curiosity Inc. wrote:
Point 1) The Incredible Hulk proved that rebooting a franchise too soon can only hurt the final product, especially on the bottom line.
Point 2) Sam Raimi was more or less given free reign on the first two Spider-Man movies as well as Drag Me to Hell. He was forced by Marvel and Sony to include several story points in Spider-Man 3. The former three movies were awesome. The latter movie suffered.
Point 3) Tobey Maguire is getting too old for the role, J.K. Simmons is moving on to several different other projects and did anyone really like Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane?
Conclusion: Sony is running this franchise into the ground. Sam Raimi evidently decided that abandoning the franchise to its fate was better than staying on to pump out bilge while the ship sinks. The next Spider-Man movie -- if it happens at all -- will be likely be the franchise's last. In a few years, the rights for the character will revert to Marvel and Disney, who will attempt yet another franchise reboot in a decade or two.
As for why they're rebooting, let's face facts: Maguire and Dunst simply will not come aboard this project without Raimi. Sony is too chicken to continue the franchise without its director or its stars and it's easy to see why. After all, the last time something like this happened, Tim Burton bowed out to be replaced by Joel Schumacher, Val Kilmer replaced Michael Keaton, and the remains of that Batman franchise have only just stopped smoking.
When a studio announces a reboot, it implies that they feel a franchise cannot be saved and have to start from scratch. Look at the Batman franchise pre-Begins, Batman and Robin is notorious for not only being one of the worst comic book films of all time, but it manage to destroy any interest in a batman film for almost a decade. In that situation, a reboot is completely necessary.
The problem is is that so many studios are looking at Batman Begins and going, "oh look they rebooted this franchise and made a shit load of money in the process. WE SHOULD DO THE SAME THING." As bad as Spider-man 3 was, it was no where near as bad as Batman and Robin. Sony could have easily worked with Raimi on Spiderman 4, and if that movie was good, the fans would have easily forgiven Raimi for Spiderman 3.
The guy that played Venom could have done a good Peter Parker, don't know about Spiderman.
Btw, Simmons could still be on this project.
I've heard this before, and I really can't see Topher Grace as Peter Parker.
Also Sony best bring J.K. Simmons back, or else there's no point in even making another spiderman film.
Here is Sony's official statement on the reboot: "Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012. Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today they are moving forward with a film based on a script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on a teenager dealing with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises. The new chapter in the Spider-Man franchise produced by Columbia, Marvel Studios and Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will have a new cast and filmmaking team. Spider-Man 4 was to have been released in 2011, but had not yet gone into production.
So it's official, we will be seeing either an origin story, or a movie based more on Ultimate Spiderman where all of the events that happen to Spiderman (fight with Green goblin and Venom) now happens to him when he's in high school.