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Movie News: Scribe named for #4

Submitted by: WallCrawler on Oct 31, 2007

Source: www.TheHollywoodReporter.com

James Vanderbilt, "Zodiac" writer and "Wolverine" finisher brought aboard by Columbia Pictures

While rumors had David Koepp as screenwriter, having written a treatment draft script for the fourth installment of the franchise, Columbia Pictures has announced its plans to bring up-and-comer James Vanderbilt to the helm. The Hollywood Reporter had this to say:

James Vanderbilt has been brought on board to pen the screenplay for "Spider-Man 4" for Columbia.

Laura Ziskin is returning as producer of the billion-dollar franchise, though no deals have been made to bring back series director Sam Raimi or stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

Plot points are being closely guarded by the studio, though the intent is to scale back the story to include only two villains instead of repeating the "Spider-Man 3" model. The third installment, which grossed $336.5 million domestically this year, saw Spidey battle a busy triumvirate of evildoers in the forms of Venom, Sandman and Goblin and was widely reckoned as overly cumbersome with one too many plot lines.

Several writers were being considered for the fourth installment, and Vanderbilt, who wrote the thoughtful if dark "Zodiac," apparently was chosen by Sony brass for his character-driven approach to the story rather than a focus on special effects.

Vanderbilt has another superhero tale under his belt, having polished the script for the "Wolverine" solo movie for 20th Century Fox, spun off the "X-men" franchise. 

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