Its a mere 8 days later(no need for new thread) and now its official, for Tobey anyway.
Tobey Maguire will be Peter Parker/Spiderman
in installments 4&5 to shoot back-to-back. His paycheck a cool $50m plus possible back end profits.
In a victory for working fathers in Hollywood, the actor Tobey Maguire has been granted “family time” with his young daughter as part of an unprecedented deal to star in the next two Spider-Man movies.
Maguire was willing to shoot Spider-Man 4 and 5 back-to-back over six months next year but insisted he should take early mornings and evenings off so he could play with his “favourite blonde”, Ruby Sweetheart, who is 22 months old.
The 33-year-old actor is expected to earn a record $50m (£28m) in salary and profit shares from the two films, substantially more than Keanu Reeves earned when he shot the last two Matrix films back-to-back. Reeves complained that it left him exhausted.
Until recently it was uncertain whether Maguire would put on the Spider-Man suit again, and Sony had drawn up a list of alternative actors before Maguire’s agents came back to the negotiating table.
Sony, which declined to comment, is thought to have been wary of allowing “family time” because it could set a precedent. Finally its chairman, Amy Pascal, herself a mother, stepped in, saying six months without family time would not be fair on any parent.
In the next few days Sony is expected to reveal whether Maguire’s ex-girlfriend Kirsten Dunst will be returning as his on-screen love interest, Mary Jane Watson. Dunst, 26, has recently talked about a struggle with clinical depression.
So Kirsten Dunst will be decided soon("in a few days"), maybe by weeks end even. Her personal life is so screwed up that while I don't see her as that great an actress, let alone the best MJ there is a part of me that would like to see her back if only for consistency.
What the article doesn't elude to however is Sam Raimi. I'd like to know that as well. They tease us with word that Kirsten's deal is being examined but not the same with Sam?
Looking out long term then it seems Marvel will be very well represented during calendar year 2010/2011. Iron Man 2
will hit for sure in 2010. Thor
and Captain America
are suppossed to be ready as well although news is sketchy on start dates, Ant-Man
as well. Spiderman 4
will most likely be ready for 2010 with Spiderman 5
in 2011 when an Avengers
movie is on the calendar. Not to mention the "what if" of Fox rebooting Daredevil
and Ghost Rider 2
being considered. Maybe a Wolverine Origins 2
in 2011 as well. I toss these all out to say that Marvel should be very busy with properties on the big screen.