Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer Hired to Write Spider-Man 4
by Alex Billington
October 31, 2008
Sony is really trying to make sure Spider-Man 4 is the next big thing. They have one hell of a mess to clean up (meaning Spider-Man 3) and they're starting with a prominent writer - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. He won the Pulitzer in 2007 for a dramatic play titled "Rabbit Hole" and wrote the screenplays for Robots and Inkheart, but does he got what it takes to take the Spider-Man franchise back to the days of Spider-Man 2 and write another phenomenal story? Let's hope so! Everyone is throwing around Lindsay-Abaire's "Pulitzer Prize-winning" aspect, but I don't think that really matters. He can write great plays, sure, but that doesn't necessarily mean he can write great screenplays.
Late last year, Sony first announced that Zodiac screenwriter James Vanderbilt was going to write the screenplay for Spider-Man 4. Unfortunately details are rather sketchy surrounding whether or not Vanderbilt's version has been thrown out or is just being tweaked, but I feel as if it's the former. I'm expecting Sony to go through as many different stories as they can (they've got the money, why not?) before they get one they really like, and Lindsay-Abaire is only the second prominent writer to be commissioned so far. Other claims point out that this decision might mean Sony is trying to focus more on the character of Peter Parker this time around, since Spider-Man 3 seemed to lack that sort of focus.
If Sony is just trying to drum up some extremely early positive buzz for Spider-Man 4, they're doing a damn good job. Both Vanderbilt and Lindsay-Abaire are writers that have the kind of reputation needed to show moviegoers that Sony actually cares about writing a better movie this time around. I'm admittedly impressed with these two so far, I just really hope it actually means we'll get a fantastic script. I actually think Sam Raimi himself is as important of a contributor as the two aforementioned writers. Raimi is a huge geek and bigger Spider-Man fan than most people and knows the comic book character very well, so I believe having Raimi involved in the development of the story is as important as anyone else.