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Spider-Man 4 to be penned by Pulitzer Prize winner

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Spider Man as we know him from the current series of films

Spider Man as we know him from the current series of films

Reports are flying around Hollywood this morning that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire has been snared by our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

Lindsay-Abaire, who won a Pulitzer in 2007 for his drama Rabbit Hole is believed to be in final talks with Columbia to write Spider-Man 4.

Sam Raimi is set to return to the franchise as director with Tobey Maguire pulling on the red and blue lycra again as Spidey. Kirsten Dunst is also expected to re-enact her role as the long suffering love interest after playing her part in the movie adaptation of Toby Young’s How To Lose Friends & Alienate People.

As much as The Scribbler would like to reveal more about the fourth instalment of Marvel’s web slinging success story in Hollywood plot details are being kept under lock and key.

Writers of the previous Spider-Man movies have all come from very unexpected but illustrious areas. Veteran wordsmith Alvin Sargent, famed for 1973’s Paper Moon and 1980’s Ordinary People, wrote storylines for the second and third films while Michael Chabon, another Pulitzer prized writer, also worked on Spider-Man 2.

Previous to this news breaking James Vanderbilt had submitted a draft of Spider-Man 4. Vanderbilt previously wrote the screenplay for 2007’s Zodiac; originally a book by crime writer Robert Graysmith, documenting the Zodiac killings which occurred around San Francisco in the 70s.

Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole won four Tonys (American theatre’s highest honours), including best play, after it opened on Broadway in 2006 starring Cynthia Nixon and Tyne Daly. The writer is also known for the play Fuddy Meers.

Speaking in interviews Lindsay-Abaire has his plays tend to be ‘peopled with outsiders in search of clarity,’ which, as most of us know is the underlying struggle fought by Peter Parker in all three of the previous Spider-Man films.

If Columbia run with Lindsay-Abaire it would show strong intention to focus on character, an area critics have long claimed was lost in Spidey’s third outing.

At the moment Lindsay-Abaire is writing the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical adaptation of Shrek but Spider-Man 4 won’t be his first dabble in the murky world of Tinseltown. His adaptation of Inkheart is due out January and he is also reworking Rabbit for the big screen, 20th Century Fox and Nicole Kidman.

At the time of going to press Columbia had no comment although when they do believe us when we say The Scribbler will be the first on it.

Watch Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, talk about his hopes for the fourth film below:

Words: Dean Samways

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