SPIDER-MAN Screenwriter David Koepp Weighs In On How He Would Save The Franchise

Jurassic Park and Spider-Man screenwriter David Koepp reveals what he would do if he found himself in charge of the troubled franchise, looking back at a thought he had to have the iconic Marvel character appear concurrently in three different film series' at the same time...


We all know how much trouble the Spider-Man franchise is in following the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Sony are said to be mulling over any number of possible ideas to save the series. Talking to Empire Online recently, the writer - David Koepp - of Spider-Man's FIRST movie (released all the way back in 2002) was asked what he would do if he was handed the keys to the kingdom. 

"If I were in charge of Spider-Man right now, and money was no object, I would… (Pauses) Well, now you can see why they are having trouble! (Laughs) Not so easy, is it?
 
"When I was doing Spider-Man the first time, I remember distinctly having thoughts about three movies, each of a different kind. The way the comic-book lines switched, it was Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man… there were a number of them.
 
"So rather than try to persue the same course, or any kind of similar tone, you’d have strikingly different tones. The classic Spider-Man, that would be the top-of-the-line, studio Sam Raimi ones, then the Amazing Spider-Man ones, they’d be done for $75-80 million, and have a rougher, edgier, almost R-rated feel to them – if not R-rated, though I don’t think they could ever bring themselves to do that. Tougher, nastier, a rougher look... shorter movies. I don’t like superhero bloat, personally.
 
"And these series didn’t have to be consecutive, they could be released concurrently. Then I also thought there should be a Spectacular Spider-Man series, because Spider-Man leaves out a large group of its audience. Little kids are fascinated by Spider-Man by the time they are three, or younger. But when I was a kid, I loved the animated series, so I always thought there should be separate lines to cater for different ages of Spider-Man fans.
 
"And I’d certainly develop other characters in the Spider-Man universe, which is what they are trying to do, I know. Black Cat deserves her own movie series. As for the superhero genre generally now, I am stunned at its viability, its quality, its longevity, and its ability to grow and deepen. I think they’re great. I was so continually wrong about where superhero movies were going that now I am just an audience member, thrilled to see them continue to improve."


That's certainly an interesting direction, and possibly one Sony might be considering by having Phil Lord and Chris Miller work on an animated movie presumably at the same time as the live-action ones. Do you think Koepp's plan could work? Be sure to share your thoughts in the usual place!
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