Avatar Director James Cameron recently gave more details about his scrapped ’90s Spider-Man film.
Before Sam Raimi brought Spider-Man to life in 2002, James Cameron tried to get a movie about the wallcreeper off the ground. Some of Cameron’s ideas were carried over into the Sam Raimi movie, but it would still be a different take on the beloved Marvel hero than what we ended up getting. In the new book Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron, the filmmaker revised his ideas for Spider-Man:
“I wanted to make something that had a kind of gritty reality. Superheroes in general always seemed a little fanciful to me, and I wanted to do something more along the lines of Terminator and Aliens, that you immediately believe in reality. So you’re in a real world, you’re not in some mythical Gotham City. Or Superman and the Daily Planet and things like that, where it always felt very metaphorical and fairytale. I wish it was: it’s New York. It is now. A man is bitten by a spider. He turns into a boy with these powers and he has the fantasy of being Spider-Man, and he makes this suit and it’s terrible, and then he has to improve the suit, and his big problem is that damn suit. Those kind of things. I wanted to anchor it in reality and anchor it in the universal human experience. I think it would have been a fun movie to make.”
James Cameron then went on to explain some of the hurdles involved in making his Spider-Man movie:
“Suddenly it was a free ball. I tried to get Fox to buy it but apparently the rights were a bit clouded and Sony had a very questionable attachment to the rights and Fox wasn’t going to fight for it. [Former Fox President] Peter Chernin just wasn’t going to fight for it. He didn’t want to get into a legal battle. And I’m like, ‘Are you kidding? This thing could be worth, I don’t know, a billion dollars!’ $10 billion later…’
While James Cameron was working on a Spider-Man movie decades ago, the director admitted that’s why he hasn’t come close to existing IP since:
“I made a decision after Titanic to just move on and do my own things and not work in someone else’s IP’s house. I think so [Spider-Man not coming together] was probably the kick in the ass I needed to just start making my own stuff.”
Here’s the synopsis for it Spider-Man: No Way Home:
For the first time in Spider-Man movie history, our friendly neighborhood hero is masked and can no longer separate his normal life from the high stakes of being a superhero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange, the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it really means to be Spider-Man.
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Marvel’s newest stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, JB Smoove, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Alfred Molina.
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