Spider-Man is about to face his biggest obstacle yet: high school.
The film franchise is getting a reboot to focus on Peter Parker's teenage years, Columbia Pictures and Marvel Pictures announced Monday.
The as-yet-untitled film — written by James Vanderbilt, who wrote the screenplay to 2007's serial-killer drama Zodiac — is tentatively set for a summer 2012 release.
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"Peter Parker as an ordinary young adult grappling with extraordinary powers has always been the foundation that has made this character so timeless and compelling for generations of fans. We're very excited about the creative possibilities that come from returning to Peter's roots," Sony Pictures' Co-Chairwoman Amy Pascal said in a statement Monday.
Besides pushing the clock back to focus on Parker's origin story, the reboot will bring on board a new cast and new team of filmmakers. The reboot means the end of stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst's participation with the franchise as well as director Sam Raimi's involvement. Raimi has directed all three films.
"While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job," Raimi said.
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Raimi — along with Maguire and Dunst — had been signed to do the fourth Spider-Man film until Monday's announcement. News broke last week that the movie would not meet its expected May 6 release date this year.
"Like anything, it's a process. We're just in the midst of the process. We have a lot of great stuff in terms of story and script. We're just trying to dial it in and get it ready as quickly as possible," Maguire recently told The Associated Press.
The three Spider-Man films, ranging in release from 2002 to 2007, have grossed a total $1.11 billion. The most recent installment, Spider-Man 3, broke box-office records for both single opening day and opening weekend, records since broken by The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Dark Knight, respectively.