Yesterday it was reported that Sony and Marvel are still in talks about a Spider-Man deal, and if Marvel did produce the new movies, they’d recast Andrew Garfield. But new leaked documents released this morning from the Sony hack seem to imply that Sony isn’t happy with Garfield, and will recast him regardless if they strike a deal with Marvel or not.
This past summer Andrew Garfield was a bit critical of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and blamed Sony for making changes to the original script. According to documents from October obtained by Mashable, Garfield’s comments rubbed Sony the wrong way. To make things worse, Garfield cancelled (with less than an hour of notice) on a corporate dinner in July with Sony executives and CEO Kaz Hirai.
The Daily Beast also got their hands on a leaked 8-page document this morning. The email is dated November 13, 2014, and was sent by Jeff Robinov, head of the Fosun-backed Studio 8 (which has an output deal with Sony), to Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures. While talking about “rebooting Spider-Man” Robinov compares Spidey to James Bond and suggests that they skip the origin story. Robinov also tossed out a list of potential directors for the reboot including Brad Bird, Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee (Frozen), Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Glenn Ficarra & John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love), James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Don Hall & Chris Williams (Big Hero 6), Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie), Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), Edgar Wright, and David Yates, of Harry Potter franchise fame.
Robinov suggests a new movies based on one of the most loved storylines of all time “Kraven’s Last Hunt”. In it, Kraven the Hunter tracks down Spider-Man, shoots him repeatedly, and leaves him for dead, buried underground. He then dons a Spider-Man costume and savagely starts attacking criminals. Robinov also suggests rebooting Spider-Man and having him be an adult, not a teenager as he’s been portrayed in the past.
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