In a recent interview with Empire, the screenwriter behind Spider-Man 2 – David Koepp – touched base on the future of the franchise, as well as how he would of structured the films originally.
With the success of the first installment of Sony’s revamped “Amazing Spider-Man” franchise, and how the sequel in turn didn’t boast the same excitement as it’s predecessor, many have been asking the question: What went wrong after the first one?
Koepp on how he would handle the franchise if given the opportunity:
“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?
Koepp goes into detail in the article about how he originally wanted to structure the films.
“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.”
He even goes as far to suggest different films for different age groups.
“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.”