Sony Pictures has begun negotiating with Spider-Man writer David Koepp to write the script for a fourth installment of the franchise, Daily Variety said Monday.
Koepp, who most recently wrote the draft of a fourth Indiana Jones movie that got George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford to reteam for Paramount, wrote the original 2002 Spidey film that launched the studio’s most lucrative franchise. Alvin Sargent wrote the second and third installments; all the films in the Marvel Comics franchise were directed by Sam Raimi.
Spider-Man 3 opens on May 4th, with Thomas Haden Church playing Sandman and Topher Grace as Venom. Laura Ziskin produces with Avi Arad and Grant Curtis.
If a fourth Spider-Man movie is to be made, new deals will have to be struck with stars Tobey Maguire, Kirstin Dunst and James Franco, along with Raimi if he decides to return to direct a fourth film. The studio would release the sequel in 2009 or 2010.
Taken from Movie Insider
This is good news for fans of the series but I really do hope they manage to sign most of the original talent especially Raimi because my spider sense tells me if the franchise lands in the wrong hands it is done for.