Back in March, a little less than two years after "Spider-Man 3" opened with what was then the biggest first weekend ever, Sony and Marvel Studios announced an official release date for "Spider-Man 4": May 6, 2011. Still up in the air was the date when production would actually begin.
In an interview with MTV News, franchise director Sam Raimi revealed that if all goes according to plan, shooting will begin early next year.
"We're hoping that it's the first week in March," Raimi said.
At the moment, pre-production is in full swing, even as screenwriter Gary Ross ("great director and a very fine writer," said Raimi) continues to work on the script.
"He's working on a draft," he continued. "I just gave him some notes and he's doing a rewrite right now."
On other fronts including stuns, set designs and special effects, "Spider-Man 4" continues to build a crew so hopefully that March shooting date can become reality.
"The production is starting to come together," Raimi told MTV News. "I've got a production designer who is starting to design the sets and the environments that the picture will take place in. We just brought aboard Scott Stokdyk as one of the two visual effects supervisors, and I worked with him on all three 'Spider-man' pictures."
With Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst set to reprise their roles, Raimi and his team will soon turn their attention to filling out the rest of the cast. "None of the casting has really taken place, but we're starting to think about that now," the director said.
Sounds like things are really rolling for "Spider-Man 4" (and the "Venom" spin-off as well). Here's to hoping this next installment in the franchise will be better than the last.
And when will we find out who the villain is (or villains...)?
As mentioned, "Spider-Man 4" has a release date of May, 6 2011.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Source: MTV News