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James Franco And Kirsten Dunst Talk Spider-Man Reboot

What do these two actors think about the franchise reboot?



Now that the Spider-Man franchise has a new director and is being rebooted, it's interesting to hear what those involved with the first trilogy think.  James Franco played Harry Osborn and Kirsten Dunst was Mary Jane.  Both have recently shared their opinion on the franchise.  Dunst was set to reprise her role as MJ and even though Harry died in Spider-Man 3, we all know how death doesn't really stick to the Osborns.
 
E! Online reported Franco's thoughts at the Sundance Film Festival opening.

I don't have a problem with that. It worked out well for Batman, and comics themselves have different artists and writers. I think it's perfectly fine.

I think for the viewers you want a little space [between Raimi's and Webb's flicks], so you can get everyone else out of your head.

Franco makes a good point.  Change isn't always a bad thing.  It would've been nice if Sony simply decided to continue rather than start back at the beginning but we did see a reboot with Batman Begins.  Also the fact that if a new direction takes place too soon after the previous version, there would be the inevitable comparisons.  A new direction of a franchise should be able to stand on its own.  It doesn't seem likely that we'll simply let that go when the new Spider-Man movie comes out.
 
What about Kirsten Dunst?  She had a bigger stake here.  She was signed on to play Mary Jane again.  Now, she's lost that gig.  Dunst spoke about the change a few nights ago.

It's sad to see it end. I think for Sam it was time for him to move on, and so we're all going to move on with him. But we've had a good 10 years. 

Of course she's sad.  But I think most Spider-Man fans are happy that we won't see Dunst as Mary Jane again.
 
What are your hopes for the new direction?  What areas should they focus on?  Do you think the casting choices could be better?  What about the stories?  Should they limit the number of villains?  Who should be the villain in the next movie?  We are now starting over with the filmmakers and have to wait all over to hear what will happen next.
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Posted by crimsonspider89

Hope it has funny Peter as well as more timeline correct and no Ultimate please. Stick with Green Goblin, he was the original and should be the first villain. 

Posted by No_Name_

Of course she's sad. That was a big pay-check.

Posted by Grendel

I loved 500 Days of Summer, but don't try to convince us Joesph Gordon Levitt is a high school kid, ok, Webb?

Posted by Dr. Detfink
@Babs: Exactly!
 
My recollection of Dunst on David Letterman after Spider-man 2 was how much she hated doing Spider-man and couldn't wait to get 3 over with as part of her obligation of 3 picture deal. Shocked me that she was interested in doing the 4th installment.
 
I think James Franco had the most sincere response that it would have been nice if the studio gave the viewers a little space between Raimi and Webb. I've always thought Franco has the acting chops to be great and it didn't shock me that Raimi had considered him for the part of Peter Parker before Tobey was cast.
Posted by AirDave817

I'm glad that they are sort of starting from the beginning. Sam Raimi had Peter in college already by -what - the second movie. I don't need another origin movie, but I'll take my iconic Peter Parker still in high school please, thank you very much.

Posted by Decept-O
@AirDave817 said:
"I'm glad that they are sort of starting from the beginning. Sam Raimi had Peter in college already by -what - the second movie. I don't need another origin movie, but I'll take my iconic Peter Parker still in high school please, thank you very much. "

Again, I agree with what you say, and you said it well.  
The only thing is I have some reservations, because I've been reading they want to "focus on Peter Parker".  I'll say it again, yes, that is important BUT I want Spider-Man! 
 
@Babs:  I thought I noticed a slight hint of sarcasm regarding Dunst's comments about being "sad".   She sure seemed to enjoy bashing the Spider-Man films when they were being filmed, surprised she isn't doing it now.  Guess now she can't afford to buy a bra, get her spine aligned, or get some dental work done.
Posted by Grim

it seems like Franco knows exactly how necessary it is. or maybe he's an awesome prettyboy actor who just doesnt give a damn if one of his biggest roles goes away because his life is more or less made. 
  
 ...im gonna say its a little bit of both...

Posted by thjan
@AirDave817 said:
"I'm glad that they are sort of starting from the beginning. Sam Raimi had Peter in college already by -what - the second movie. I don't need another origin movie, but I'll take my iconic Peter Parker still in high school please, thank you very much. "

Ok, this is twice I have seen you post something like this.  I do not think Peter Parker being in high school is that important a part of his character.  The real Spider-Man(616) graduated from high school in Amazing Spider-Man #28.  The major characters of Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn, who are a big part of what makes Spider-Man great, were not  introduced until he was in college in issue #31.  Not to mention the even more important character of Mary Jane, who he also did not meet until he was in college.  While the early issues when he was in high school were good, and introduce the Bugle, Aunt May, Flash and most of his villains, I think that a lot of the stories that made him truly iconic did not happen until he was in college.   
 
I disagree with this notion that Spider-Man must remain forever young in order to be good.  I am not even going to go into the whole OMD, he must be young and unmarried to be good, nonsense.  I am not trying to be a jerk, even though I am probably coming across as one, I just think that some people forget that Spider-Man was not in high school for very long in the actual comics.  He can be just as iconic, if not moreso, in college.  This rant is probably partly because I am dissapointed about this reboot.  I was looking forward to another Raimi directed Spider-Man film with the same cast.
Posted by Alphaproto
@Dr. Detfink:
She did say that. What changes? More money?
Edited by Caligula
@Grim said:

"it seems like Franco knows exactly how necessary it is. or maybe he's an awesome prettyboy actor who just doesnt give a damn if one of his biggest roles goes away because his life is more or less made.    ...im gonna say its a little bit of both... "


Franco, is also an avid comics fan. He was well before even joining the Spider-Man cast, and he has spoke openly about how he has always thought the Spider-Man films could be more accurate.
Posted by AngelFrost

I will miss James Franco.  :( he was the only male eye candy in any of the Spiderman movies.  
 
Kirsten Dunst is beautiful and a good actress, but Spiderman just clearly wasn't her 'thing'.

Edited by Jamiracles

Oh my god. The Ultimate Spider-Man balloon in the background was an ominous warning from yesteryear...
 
@thjan:  I totally agree. Though I am excited to see an Ultimate Spider-Man movie, i totally agree that Spider-Man doesnt need to stay young all the damn time to be good.

Posted by Nyogtha
@Dr. Detfink:  Franco was one of my favorite parts of those movies, probably one of the best actors they had in the movies.
Posted by Chaos Burn

Emma Stone for Mary Jane DEFINETLY
 
Look her up, the red head from Superbad?

Edited by NICKMARIS03

the new one should have green goblin again because he is one of the best villians and the original movie ruined him with that horrible armor. also i dont think anyone could play it better than dafoe. i say give dafoe another shot, also i agree with everything thjan had said except for the very end about sam rami. RAMI SUCKS AND IM GLAD I DONT HAVE TO SEE ANOTHER STUPID ONE OF HIS MOVIES WERE MY FAVORITE SUPER HERO BECOMES EMO AND DANCES LIKE A GOOF, AND DUNTS DOESNT LOOK OR ACT ANYTHING LIKE THE MJ I REMEMBER FROM THE COMICS. ALSO HE RUINED TWO OF MY FAVORITE SPIDEY VILLIANS VENOM AND THE GREEN GOBLIN.
Posted by JimmyKudo09

Great response Franco.

Posted by Stormultt

Awww well it's a new decade it's time for a change.
Posted by Moomin123

Hey, you know in the reboot...will Tobey Maguire and the guys be in it? Or are new actors coming in?
Edited by No_Name_
@AngelFrost said:

  Kirsten Dunst is beautiful and a good actress

LOL.
Posted by Sylar0
@Moomin123:
No theres going too be new actors and I don't blame some of the actors for being sad they just lost out on making more money from the Spidermam movies.
Posted by Marshal Victory
@Babs said:
"@AngelFrost said:

  Kirsten Dunst is beautiful and a good actress

LOL. "

Beauty like art is in the eye of the beholder. 
 
Hope $ony loses the rights.In a way tho as much as spider man has been retconed ,changed ,an one more dayed.Does spidey still get power in high school or was this changed to? Hes got built in web shooters now.
Posted by zombietag

i actually like kirsten dunst as mary jane, i thought she did. dont hate

Posted by ArachKnight

My Choice for Spider-man Villians - Hobgoblin! but I want the demon fused mcfarlin style hobgoblin and Shriek - Bout time these super hero movies had a Really good Bad Girl don't ya think?
Posted by DeathDefyingDevil

franco's right it could work out as good as batman did let's hope it does
Posted by Media_Master

Well now they can do Venom possibly right.

Posted by Iron Fist Angel

I don't like the comparison to the Batman franchise because it was badly in need of a re-boot. The last couple of movies were terrible. Spider-Man 3 wasn't great but it was a million times better than those awful Bat movies. 
 
   Spider-man didn't need a re-boot.

Posted by PrinceIMC

Some people are saying that it should be more like the Ultimate Spider-Man. I'm gonna say I want the movies to be more like the Spectacular Spider-Man animated series. It can have Mary Jane but Gwen Stacy should be his love interest. They also introduced characters early that didn't turn into villains later.

Posted by They Killed Cap!

Batman was successful because the it had been so long since they had put out a good movie. This just feels way to close the Spider Man movies for a reboot. But they did the same for Punisher and Hulk and both of the reboots were good. So I don't know. I guess I still feel like it is too soon for a reboot.
Posted by Tmul501
@crimsonspider89: I disagree. I think Norman should be introduced in the first movie, then become the green goblin in the second or toward the end of the first and kill gwen stacy somewhere in the second or third movie. I think that would be the best route to take.
Posted by LP
@zombietag said:
" i actually like kirsten dunst as mary jane, i thought she did. dont hate "
Yup, same here.
Posted by sora_thekey
@AngelFrost said:
"I will miss James Franco.  :( he was the only male eye candy in any of the Spiderman movies.    Kirsten Dunst is beautiful and a good actress, but Spiderman just clearly wasn't her 'thing'. "

Thing is I love Kristen Dunts (Especially in Elizabethtown!) and in the Spider-Man I thought she was good.... The fact that the character was whiny... for that I blame the writers!
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@sora_thekey said:

" @AngelFrost said:

"I will miss James Franco.  :( he was the only male eye candy in any of the Spiderman movies.    Kirsten Dunst is beautiful and a good actress, but Spiderman just clearly wasn't her 'thing'. "
Thing is I love Kristen Dunts (Especially in Elizabethtown!) and in the Spider-Man I thought she was good.... The fact that the character was whiny... for that I blame the writers! "
Yeah, I wasn't a total fan of her acting in Spiderman
but I loved her in  Interview with a Vampire and How to lose Friends and Alienate People.  (:
Ohh, she was good in  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind , I recommend it if you haven't seen it.
Posted by jayshaw

I think batman and ironman are more believable on film than spiderman. i could never get into the spidey films because it just didn't look right, the costume, the villains, the effects, it all seem a bit much to believe.

Posted by Icariscubed
 the world is beautiful place from where im sitting
Posted by Nova`Prime`

Did Spiderman need a reboot? Sure, but its way to early. The only reason Sony is rushing to reboot the franchise is they will lose the rights if they wait to long, or if they wait for Marvel and Disney to buy back the rights because no matter how much money they offer they will make more with the movie.
 
I just hope this doesn't turn into a huge mistake on Sony and Marvel's part.

Posted by Lantern Prime

Im glad theres no more Kirsten Dunst doing Mary-Jane Watson.....  
 
Posted by crimsonspider89
@Tmul501:  I said appear, but not be killed and kill Gwen in the 2nd/3rd movie. 3rd preferably with the second either focusing on Ock or the Lizard with the Shocker or Rhino making an appearance early on.  
 
The first movie should be Peter defeating Norman and having him put in a mental hospital and he gets out in the end of the second movie.
Posted by Meteorite

They should take the best bits of mainstream Spidey and Ultimate Spidey and use them to make the movie.

Posted by sora_thekey
@AngelFrost: I want to see How to lose Friends and Alienate People    
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Posted by sora_thekey
@Icariscubed said:
"
the world is beautiful place from where im sitting
"

I'm there!!!
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Posted by MyNinjaPenguin

I'm a HUGE spidey fan (I've read every single issue of Amazing Spider-Man, as well as countless other spidey mags) but I seem to see the movies differently than most. I didn't really like the first one, I loved the second, and the third was my favorite. I also think Dunst was a great MJ (I don't want to hear it, Babs). I'm glad we'll be rid of Tobey Maguire, though. 
 
As much as I loved Spider-Man 3 though, I think it's time to move on. I think a reboot focusing on Peter's high school years is a great idea. They just may be doing it to soon.

Posted by LoganRogue24

i will miss the spidey cast Kirsten was a cute MJ Sam did a great job with spidey. i think they should wait a little before doing a reboot though. i just hope the reboot dose not explode in sonys face.
Posted by War Killer

"comics themselves have different artists and writers."    I completely agree with this, that's why I'm not worried about this reboot at all.

Edited by Gank

We definitely need to see a funnier Peter Parker. An awesome sense of humor is just as important to the character as spider-powers are.
 
If he ain't funny - he ain't Spidey.

Posted by Dark Cell

Kirsten was good as MJ  the only reason i wanted MJ to dissapear is because i hate MJ anyway
Posted by LauraX23
@Babs said:
"Of course she's sad. That was a big pay-check. "
 
 
Lol.
Posted by AirDave817
@thjan said:
"@AirDave817 said:
"I'm glad that they are sort of starting from the beginning. Sam Raimi had Peter in college already by -what - the second movie. I don't need another origin movie, but I'll take my iconic Peter Parker still in high school please, thank you very much. "
Ok, this is twice I have seen you post something like this.  I do not think Peter Parker being in high school is that important a part of his character.  The real Spider-Man(616) graduated from high school in Amazing Spider-Man #28.  The major characters of Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn, who are a big part of what makes Spider-Man great, were not  introduced until he was in college in issue #31.  Not to mention the even more important character of Mary Jane, who he also did not meet until he was in college.  While the early issues when he was in high school were good, and introduce the Bugle, Aunt May, Flash and most of his villains, I think that a lot of the stories that made him truly iconic did not happen until he was in college.    I disagree with this notion that Spider-Man must remain forever young in order to be good.  I am not even going to go into the whole OMD, he must be young and unmarried to be good, nonsense.  I am not trying to be a jerk, even though I am probably coming across as one, I just think that some people forget that Spider-Man was not in high school for very long in the actual comics.  He can be just as iconic, if not moreso, in college.  This rant is probably partly because I am dissapointed about this reboot.  I was looking forward to another Raimi directed Spider-Man film with the same cast. "

I hear ya. I'm right there with ya. I'm bummed that Raimi wrapped up the Spider-Man Trilogy with a "remake" of Batman and Robin. I would have loved to see him make a comeback. I would have liked to see Bruce Campbell come back! I think I was one of the few that liked Tobey Maguire. And Kirsten Dunst. But, if we're talking another three movies, I'll take them set in high school. Or based on Ultimate Spider-Man...
Posted by Emerald_General_Jai

I hope this works. If this movie even kinda sucks..Spidey may not recover as well. Marvel has to remember the importance of the modern audience, and while Batman worked, Supes didn't. (An it's been HOW long since Reeves played Kal-El!???!) I hope this works..especially since after OMD Movie Spidey is my only friend..

Posted by venom32708
@thjan:
you make a great point, your probably the only one that makes sense here, but i guess we'll have to see if the movie is gonna be any good to really complain
Posted by spartan177

Oh, well. All good things must come to an end.

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