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.
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.
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.
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.
Of course she's sad. But I think most Spider-Man fans are happy that we won't see Dunst as Mary Jane again.
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.
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.