But thinking of the Spider-Man series as being like the 007 franchise would make it okay for Sony to replace Tobey Maguire in the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, which could happen if the actor refuses the reported $20 million offer to return. Sony is currently looking for screenwriters to pen Spider-Man 4, though the studio has already been talking with David Koepp, who wrote the first installment, about signing on. Koepp is also responsible for writing the next Indiana Jones movie, a fourth installment in a franchise that does actually consist of stand-alone parts. Whoever is hired for the script, though, it may, according to Pascal's statement, be more of a one-shot rather than the beginning of another trilogy (the studio is apparently interested in at least three more films). Perhaps they can title it one of the following number-less suggestions: Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage; Spider-Man and the Lizard's Tale; Doc Octopussy. Or, if they re-cast and reboot, a la The Incredible Hulk: The Amazing Spider-Man; The Spectacular Spider-Man; Web of Spider-Man; etc.
For more on Spider-Man 4, especially its fluctuating status, check out the following posts:
Sony CEO Says Spider-Man Series Will Go "On and On..."
Stan Lee Thinks Lizard Should Be Next Spidey Villain
'Spider-Man 4' Villains Will Be Carnage and Lizard, Source Says
'Spider-Man 4' Will Be 'Big Flop' Without Current Team, Says Kirsten Dunst
Tobey Maguire Backpedals On 'Spider-Man 4,' Sort Of
Sam Raimi (Almost) Promises Spider-Man 4
Tobey Ditches Spider-Man 4?
Franco Iffy on Spidey 4