Sam Raimi had some interesting points to make regarding the production of Spider-Man 4. Speaking to ComingSoon.net and its accompanying website SuperheroHype.com during the press run for Drag Me To Hell, Raimi had this to say about his decision to helm a fourth Spidey feature:
“I only wanted to do it with Tobey [Maguire] because my interest is in living the character with Tobey in a deeper way than we ever have lived it before. There comes with the familiarity a knowledge of a lot of the basics. I think it’s really going to allow us to delve deeply into him as a human being, which is really why I’m into it this time.”
Following the critical failure of Spider-Man 3, Raimi was confident he could make a bigger and more focused follow-up in the franchise. “I’m still working on Spider-Man 4. More properly, the writer is writing the screenplay right now. David Lindsay-Abaire, a New York playwright, is in New York supposedly writing. We’ll see – I gotta call that guy! He should be done with his script in about four weeks… I wanted to work in a new way and a new direction. I had just read this great play that David Lindsay-Abaire had written called Rabbit Hole and I just really wanted to work with him on Peter Parker.”
Spider-Man 4 is tentatively scheduled for release on 06 May 2011, and Drag Me To Hell is released in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2009.