SPIDER-MAN
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SPIDER-MAN
(2002)


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January 29, 2000
Sam Raimi to Direct the Columbia Pictures Action-Adventure Spider-Man

CULVER CITY, CA, JANUARY 29, 2000 - One of the most popular comic book superheroes is finally prepared to make his leap to the big screen.

After years of litigation and speculation around the hotly pursued project, Columbia Pictures has signed Sam Raimi to direct the live-action feature Spider- Man, it was announced today by studio Chairman Amy Pascal.

"Sam is an immensely talented director, and we are thrilled to have him on board," said Pascal. "His vision for Spider-Man as a character and as a film simply blew us away. Sam's enthusiasm and energy are perfect for this project."

A self-confessed Spider-man fanatic, Raimi, who most recently directed the boxoffice hit For Love of the Game and the critically acclaimed A Simple Plan, will begin work on bringing the cagey, web-spinning comic book superhero to the big screen in November after he has completed The Gift. Raimi agreed to delay post-production on the drama in order to secure directing chores for Spider-Man.

Screenwriter David Koepp, who has written such blockbuster films as Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and such thrillers as Snake Eyes and Stir of Echoes, joined forces with Spider-Man creator Stan Lee to draft a preliminary screenplay. Casting announcements are forthcoming.

Spider-Man, the creation of veteran comic book writer Lee, first appeared in comic books in 1962. The story centers on college student Peter Parker who, after being bitten by a radioactive spider, gains superhuman strength and the spider-like ability to cling to any surface. Peter first uses his powers to make money, but when his beloved Uncle Ben is killed by thieves and Peter is powerless to stop them, he vows to dedicate his life to fighting crime.

The film is being readied for a November 2001 release.

 

July 31, 2000
Tobey Maguire Set Set to Star in the Columbia Pictures/Marvel Entertainment Action Adventure Spider-Man

CULVER CITY, CA, JULY 31, 2000-Tobey Maguire is set to star as one of the most popular comic book icons of all time in Columbia Pictures' live-action feature film adaptation Spider-Man, studio Chairman Amy Pascal announced today.

The 25-year-old actor most recently earned acclaim for his roles in Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys, in which he starred opposite Michael Douglas, and in 2000 Best Picture OscarŽ nominee The Cider House Rules, directed by Lasse Hallstrom.

Spider-Man is helmed by Sam Raimi (The Gift, For Love of the Game, A Simple Plan), a self-confessed fanatic of the cagey, web-spinning hero. Laura Ziskin (As Good As it Gets, To Die For, Pretty Woman) and OscarŽ nominee Ian Bryce (Almost Famous, Saving Private Ryan, Twister) produce. Avi Arad (X-Men, Blade) serves as executive producer.

"I am delighted with this choice," said Pascal. "Tobey's acting ability and incredible screen presence and Sam's creative vision are a powerful combination to bring Spider-Man to the screen."

"As an actor, Tobey is a director's dream," said Raimi. "He has all the qualities we were looking for in our Peter Parker." Maguire's other film credits include Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil and The Ice Storm, Gary Ross' Pleasantville and Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry.

David Koepp (Stir of Echoes, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park) has drafted a preliminary screenplay for the film; Scott Rosenberg (Gone In 60 Seconds, High Fidelity, Con Air) has also collaborated on the script. The creative team includes OscarŽ-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (Cast Away, What Lies Beneath, Forrest Gump), production designer Neil Spisak (The Gift, For Love of the Game, Heat) and costume designer James Acheson, who has won Academy AwardsŽ for Restoration, Dangerous Liaisons and The Last Emperor.

Spider-Man, the creation of veteran comic book writer Stan Lee, first appeared in comic books in 1962. The story centers on student Peter Parker who, after being bitten by a radioactive spider, gains superhuman strength and the spider- like ability to cling to any surface. Peter first uses his powers to make money, but when his beloved Uncle Ben is killed by thieves after Peter chooses not to get involved, he vows to dedicate his life to fighting crime. The film is slated to begin shooting in Los Angeles in November. The production will then move to New York. Spider-Man is being readied for a November 2001 release.

 

September 13, 2000
Spider-Man Begins Production In January For May 3, 2002

CULVER CITY, CA, SEPTEMBER 13, 2000 - Columbia Pictures will begin principal photography on the live-action action-adventure Spider-Man in January and has set the release of the film for May 3, 2002.

The start date makes possible a production and post-production schedule that will enable the film's creators to realize their ambitious vision for Spider-Man and bring Marvel's worldwide comic book icon to life.

 

October 2, 2000
Composer Danny Elfman to score Spider-Man for Columbia Pictures/Marvel Entertainment

CULVER CITY, CA, OCTOBER 2, 2000 - OscarŽ-nominated composer Danny Elfman will score Columbia Pictures' live-action feature film Spider-Man, the studio announced today.

Spider-Man, slated to begin principal photography in January, stars Tobey Maguire and is helmed by Sam Raimi (The Gift, For Love of the Game, A Simple Plan), a self-confessed fanatic of the web-slinging superhero. Laura Ziskin (As Good As it Gets, To Die For, Pretty Woman) and OscarŽ nominee Ian Bryce (Almost Famous, Saving Private Ryan, Twister) produce. Avi Arad (X-Men, Blade) serves as executive producer.

The film centers on student Peter Parker who, after being bitten by a radioactive spider, gains superhuman strength and the spider-like ability to cling to any surface. He vows to dedicate his life to fighting crime.

Elfman established himself in music in the mid-1970s when he and his older brother started a musical troupe that became known as "Oingo-Boingo." The L.A.-based band continued to compose eclectic rock music during the 1980s, some of which was used on soundtracks for films like Weird Science. Elfman formed a friendship with young director Tim Burton, a fan of the band, and went on to complete his first orchestral film score for Burton's Pee-Wee's Big Adventure in 1985.

The Elfman-Burton partnership continued with Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow and the forthcoming The Visitor. Elfman has also scored A Simple Plan and Darkman for Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. Elfman's impressive list of film scores also includes Family Man, Proof of Life, Anywhere But Here, A Civil Action, Good Will Hunting, Men In Black, The Frighteners, Mission: Impossible, To Die For, Dolores Claiborne, Black Beauty, Sommersby and Midnight Run.

 

November 28,2000
James Franco in final negotiations to join the cast of the Columbia Pictures/Marvel Entertainment action-adventure Spider-Man

CULVER CITY, CA, NOVEMBER 28, 2000 - James Franco is in final negotiations to join the cast of Columbia Pictures' live-action feature film Spider-Man, the studio announced today. He will play Harry Osborn, the high school pal and college roommate of Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire).

Franco is currently filming a co-starring role opposite Robert De Niro in Franchise Pictures' City By the Sea for director Michael Caton-Jones. He recently completed shooting the title role in TNT's "James Dean," directed by Mark Rydell, and the Martin Scorsese-produced independent film Deuces Wild, starring with Stephen Dorff, Fairuza Balk, Brad Renfro and Matt Dillon. He was last seen starring on the big screen in Columbia Pictures/Phoenix Pictures' Whatever It Takes.

Last season, Franco starred in NBC's critically acclaimed series "Freaks and Geeks." In 1998, Franco co-starred opposite Drew Barrymore in the 20th Century Fox hit Never Been Kissed.

 

December 4,2000
Willem Dafoe to star as the Green Goblin in the Columbia Pictures/Marvel Entertainment action-adventure Spider-Man

CULVER CITY, CA, DECEMBER 4, 2000 - Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Columbia Pictures' live-action feature film Spider-Man as the Green Goblin, the arch-nemesis of the cagey comic book icon, the studio announced today. Dafoe will star opposite Tobey Maguire, who plays Spider-Man.

Dafoe, who earned a 1987 OscarŽ nomination for his portrayal of 'Sergeant Elias' in Oliver Stone's Platoon, recently starred in Steve Buscemi's Animal Factory. Upcoming films for the actor include Shadow of the Vampire, Pavilion of Women and Edges of the Lord.

December 19, 2000
Kirsten Dunst to star opposite Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man for Columbia Pictures/Marvel Entertainment

CULVER CITY, CA, DECEMBER 19, 2000 - Kirsten Dunst, star of the summer hit Bring It On and the critically acclaimed The Virgin Suicides, is in final negotiations to star opposite Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man, the live-action feature film about the comic book icon, the studio announced today.

Spider-Man, slated to begin principal photography in January, is helmed by Sam Raimi (The Gift, For Love of the Game, A Simple Plan), a self-confessed fanatic of the web-slinging superhero. Laura Ziskin (As Good As it Gets, To Die For, Pretty Woman) and OscarŽ nominee Ian Bryce (Almost Famous, Saving Private Ryan, Twister) produce. Avi Arad (X-Men, Blade) serves as executive producer.

The film centers on student Peter Parker (Maguire) who, after being bitten by a mutant spider, gains superhuman strength and the spider-like ability to cling to any surface. He vows to dedicate his life to fighting crime. Dunst plays aspiring actress Mary Jane Watson, Peter's irresistible love interest. Peter goes up against Harry Osborn (James Franco), his high school pal and college roommate, to win Mary Jane's heart. The film also stars Willem Dafoe as The Green Goblin, Spider-Man's arch- enemy, Cliff Robertson as Peter's beloved Uncle Ben, and J.K. Simmons as Jonah Jameson, the publisher of the Daily Bugle and Peter Parker's gruff but kind-hearted boss. Dunst's other recent credits include Dick and Drop Dead Gorgeous. She first captured the attention of both audiences and critics for her portrayal of the ageless child vampire in Interview With A Vampire, opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Her other film credits include Wag the Dog, Jumanji, Bonfire of the Vanities and Little Women, opposite Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon.

 

December 4,2000
Willem Dafoe to star as the Green Goblin in the Columbia Pictures/Marvel Entertainment action-adventure Spider-Man

CULVER CITY, CA, DECEMBER 4, 2000 - Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Columbia Pictures' live-action feature film Spider-Man as the Green Goblin, the arch-nemesis of the cagey comic book icon, the studio announced today.

Dafoe will star opposite Tobey Maguire, who plays Spider-Man. Dafoe, who earned a 1987 OscarŽ nomination for his portrayal of 'Sergeant Elias' in Oliver Stone's Platoon, recently starred in Steve Buscemi's Animal Factory. Upcoming films for the actor include Shadow of the Vampire, Pavilion of Women and Edges of the Lord.

 

December 20, 2000
Rosemary Harris Joins The Cast of the Columbia Pictures/Marvel Entertainment Action-Adventure Spider-Man, the Live-Action Feature Film about the Comic Book Icon, the Studio Announced Today

CULVER CITY, CA, DECEMBER 20, 2000 - Academy AwardŽ nominee Rosemary Harris has joined the cast of Spider-Man, the live-action feature film about the comic book icon, the studio announced today.

 

December 21, 2000
OscarŽ Winner Cliff Robertson Joins the Cast of Columbia Pictures/Marvel Entertainment's Spider-Man

CULVER CITY, CA, DECEMBER 21, 2000 - Academy AwardŽ winner and veteran film star Cliff Robertson has joined the cast of the live-action feature Spider-Man as Peter Parker's (Tobey Maguire) beloved Uncle Ben, Columbia Pictures announced today.

Spider-Man, slated to begin principal photography in January, is helmed by Sam Raimi (The Gift, For Love of the Game, A Simple Plan), a self-confessed fanatic of the web-slinging superhero. Laura Ziskin (As Good As it Gets, To Die For, Pretty Woman) and OscarŽ nominee Ian Bryce (Almost Famous, Saving Private Ryan, Twister) produce. Avi Arad (X-Men, Blade) serves as executive producer.

The film centers on student Parker who, after being bitten by a mutant spider, gains superhuman strength and the spider-like ability to cling to any surface. After Uncle Ben's tragic death, he vows to dedicate his life to fighting crime. It is Ben's immortal words, "With great power comes great responsibility," that guide Peter as he lives his double life as Spider-Man. The film also stars Willem Dafoe as the villainous Green Goblin, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, James Franco as Harry Osborn, J.K. Simmons as Jonah Jameson and Rosemary Harris as Aunt May.

Robertson has appeared in over 50 feature films in a career that spans over 60 years. In 1969, he won an Academy AwardŽ for his portrayal of the title character in the film Charly, based on the short story "Flowers for Algernon." Robertson has also appeared in such classics as Gidget, opposite Sandra Dee; Picnic, also starring William Holden and Kim Novak; and Three Days of the Condor, opposite Faye Dunaway and Robert Redford; as well as such new classics as Escape from L.A., opposite Kurt Russell; and Renaissance Man, opposite Danny DeVito. Robertson's many notable TV appearances include the original "Batman" TV series, "The Twilight Zone" and such telefilms as 1958's "Days of Wine and Roses" and 1990's "Dead Reckoning."

 

December 21, 2000
J.K. Simmons Joins the Cast of Columbia Pictures/Marvel Entertainment's Spider-Man

CULVER CITY, CA, DECEMBER 21, 2000 - J.K. Simmons will star opposite Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man in the live-action feature film about the comic book icon, Columbia Pictures announced today. Simmons will play Jonah Jameson, the publisher of the Daily Bugle and Peter Parker's gruff but kind-hearted boss.

Simmons will next be seen in The Mexican opposite Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt. He is also a regular on HBO's "Oz." His other credits include Sam Raimi's forthcoming The Gift, Autumn in New York, Raimi's For Love of the Game, The Jackal and Extreme Measures. Simmons can also be seen on the hit TV series "Law & Order" as 'Dr. Emil Skoda'.

 

April 4, 2001
Columbia Pictures Posts $25,000 Reward For Missing Spider-Man Costumes

CULVER CITY, CA, April 4, 2001-Columbia Pictures has posted a $25,000 reward for information leading to the prompt and safe return of four Spider-Man costumes reported missing early Tuesday from the Sony Pictures Studios lot.

Columbia Pictures has created a hotline for tips leading to the recovery of the costumes. Anyone with information regarding the missing costumes is asked to call the Columbia hotline at (310) 244-1044. Details concerning terms of the reward are available through Columbia Pictures.


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