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This is truly a fantastic era for Spider-man fans. The audience witnessed the very unexpected team up movie from the three live action Spider-men fighting together against all the iconic spider-man villains. The audience loved it and the movie became a blockbuster.
But there was something we didn’t get to see. A spider-man live action iteration that was planned to be made by James Cameron before Sam Raimi’s Spider-man 1 happened. A lot of details about that project su
When exactly did this happen?
James Cameron’s Spidey project supposedly began development in 1983, with a screenplay written by Barry Cohen and Ted Newsom.
What was going to happen in this version?
One of the versions was set to star Michael Biehn as an old Peter and the other with Leonardo Dicaprio as the comic accurate Peter.
Cameron chose electro as main villain in this project and doctor octopus was meant to make an appearance as well. This was supposed to be a much darker version than the ones we got eventually. There were supposed to be more mature themes and sexual content.
What happened to the project?
The primary reason why the project never came to fruition is down to a convoluted legal battle over Spider-Man’s distribution rights.
Cannon Films had the rights first but the studio was bought by Pathé Communications and the rights were later taken with Pathé producer, Menahem Golan, when he left the company to start up 21st Century Fox.
After failing to raise enough money, Golan was forced to sell the rights three ways to Carolco, Sony/Columbia, and Viacom.
Cameron’s script, along with 21st Century Fox’s catalog, ended up being sold to MGM, before Fox stated that it had exclusive rights to Cameron’s script because of an existing contract.
Fox, however, could not buy the rights to Spider-Man from the three heavyweights and Cameron was forced to abandon the project and move on to other films.
Well nothing can be said about the project since we never got to see it but this sure would’ve been interesting.