Sam Raimi Excited To Read Spider-Man 4 Script

Don't count director Sam Raimi out just yet. The Spider-Man series director is waiting to read James Vanderbilt's (Zodiac) latest draft, which he says is due in a few months, before he decides if he will helm the project or not.

"I'm excited to read it," Raimi told SciFi. "I'm hoping it's as great as our discussions were about it and hoping it feels right for me, because I love Spider-Man, and I'm hoping I'm well-enough rested to, like, really embrace it and hoping that Sony wants me at that time to direct it. So if all those things come together, I would love, love to do it. But this is a lot of unknowns about the future."

Raimi also reiterated that he would "hate to recast anybody" new in the key roles, and "can't imagine that" actually happening. I have the feeling that Raimi was a little less excited to do a fourth film six months ago. It's funny how time changes everything. I just hope that Sony gave Raimi room to develop a story with Vanderbilt that he is comfortable with. It seemed clear that Raimi wasn't interested in including Venom in the third film, but was forced to by the studio. The overcrowding of characters was one of the main reasons the film failed with audiences. Oh yeah, and the Jazz bar sequence, which Raimi has no excuse for.