Sam Raimi Wants to 'Get Back to the Basics' on Spider-Man 4
It's amazing how far some quotes can get, but this time these quotes deserve to be seen. Director Sam Raimi recently talked with the print edition of DVD & Blu-Ray Review (via Coventry Telegraph) about his plans for Spider-Man 4 and, more importantly, what went wrong on Spider-Man 3 (and how he won't be making those mistakes again). With Raimi returning for the fourth movie (due out in 2011), fans are a bit worried that he's going to screw it up again (even though I don't blame Raimi for the problems). Thankfully it sounds like he knows what went wrong and is already planning not to let this next one get out of hand.
One of the biggest complaints about Spider-Man 3 was that it had too many villains (counting Black Spidey, it had four total) and was overcrowded, causing the story to suffer. When asked about this, Raimi admitted that it was a problem. "I think having so many villains detracted from the experience. I would agree with the criticism." I've always believed that Raimi was forced by Avi Arad to include Venom, even though he didn't want to and he wasn't a fan of the character anyway. Fueled by the success (and positive reviews) of Drag Me to Hell, Raimi is ready to get back to Spider-Man and take the franchise to where it was in 2004.
"I think I've learned about the importance of getting to the point and the importance of having limitations, and I'm hoping to take that into a production where I'm actually allowed to explore with more of the tools to pull it off with a little more splendour."
I hope by limitations he means the budget, because on Spider-Man 3 the rumor was that they just kept spending more and more, pushing close to $300 million (or even beyond that). Interesting self-criticism on his part and I admire him even more for admitting and learning from those mistakes. They haven't chosen a villain for Spider-Man 4 yet (as far as we know, at least), but it seems like they'll be focusing on fewer villains this time (maybe just one or two). Raimi is optimistic about moving forward. "I hope I don't lose that edge that I've just found. That would be my approach to Spider-Man 4: to get back to the basics."
Man, I really love Sam Raimi. Screw all you haters out there, even though Spider-Man 3 wasn't that good, this guy understands it. Not only is he a great director in general, but he knows what fans want and knows exactly why the third one wasn't great. Unfortunately with a huge marketing machine and studio like Sony behind him on Spider-Man 3, he couldn't openly talk about being forced to include Venom, but I have a feeling that'll come out one day. In terms of moving forward on Spider-Man 4, I've got complete confidence in him, despite Spider-Man 3. I think Sam is going to deliver one hell of a fourth movie. Anyone with me?