According to Daily Variety, the film's star and director have departed the project, and Columbia executives are planning to make a prequel about Spider Man's alter-ego, Peter Parker, as a teenager instead, reports Contactmusic.
James Vanderbilt has already written a script for the alternative, which will be produced by Marvel Comics boss Avi Arad and movie mogul Laura Ziskin. Raimi had publicly expressed his dislike for the idea behind Spider-Man 4.
He said, "While we (Maguire and I) 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."
Washington (ANI): Actor Tobey Maguire and filmmaker Sam Raimi have reportedly walked out of Spider Man 4 over script issues. Recently, a Columbia studios source revealed the sequel had been put on hold indefinitely due to script problems.