Alvin Sargent Hired to Polish the ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot Script!

Sony is bringing back the ‘Spider-Man 2’ writer to polish Jamie Vanderbilt’s draft.

Alvin Sarget polishing the Untitled Spider-Man Reboot script
Alvin Sarget polishing the Untitled Spider-Man Reboot script
We reported a few weeks ago that Columbia Pictures president Matt Tolmach said that the webbed wonder needed to get back to great storytelling and now they've brought in one of their previous screenwriters for the new film. Heat Vision Blog is reporting that Columbia has brought on Spider-Man 2 screenwriter Alvin Sargent for some work on the Untitled Spider-Man Reboot's script.

It was said that Sargent is doing a "production polish" on the original script written by James Vanderbilt as the studio is rapidly getting ready to start shooting later this year, despite the fact that casting hasn't started yet. It was also said that Sargent did uncredited script work on the first Spider-Man along with co-writing Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.

We'll be sure to keep you posted with any further details on the Untitled Spider-Man Reboot as soon as more information becomes available.

The Amazing Spider-Man was released July 3rd, 2012 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Campbell Scott. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

Sources: Heat Vision Blog

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  1. Marcusx

    Logan Lerman for Spider-Man Facebook Fan Page!

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    5 years agoby @marcusxFlag

  2. Anacin

    Wow. There's a lot of condescending, defending, and dreading going on here. Let's just hope it doesn't end up sucking.

    5 years agoby @anacinFlag

  3. WongFu

    I didn't realize it was you, oh well we all have our own opinions. Hate and dislike are two different things, I dislike the idea of it being rebooted but what ever the out come on this film might be either good or bad, I guess we have to wait and see.

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  4. T.Clark

    Thanks for correcting him bloodlessdj. I was just about to type an "*sshole remark."

    The old saying is "act your age, not your shoe size." I think the same should go for internet posts. Just because you're typing doesn't mean you have to get lazy. If you want people to take your comments seriously, which you should if you're posting them for the world to see, at least take the time to make sure you don't sound like a complete fool.

    You say you're out of college...I bet half the people I targeted in my post are out of college and yet they sound like 5 year olds. That doesn't mean sh*t because I look at those comments and think "how the f*ck did these people ever get through high school let alone college?" I'm 17 and a junior in high school. You're out of college and make a lot of money. But none of that matters over the internet. All that matters is what you post because that's all anyone knows about you or cares to know about you. I bet if someone looked at my posts and then yours they'd think I was the one out of college, so as I said, it doesn't f*cking matter.

    You can call that "being an *sshole" if you want.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  5. Bloodlessdj

    oh, and Todd89, he didnt say he hated the idea of Ultimate Spider-Man, i did. He was just qouting me. :) . thought i'd let u know before he decides to come back with some ass-whole insult on you.

    5 years agoby @bloodlessdjFlag

  6. Bloodlessdj

    I agree with Todd89. (insert username here), you do come off a little harsh and defensive. I am definatly willing to give this a chance, and i really do hope it is amazing, but i just loved the other ones soo much that it pisses me off that they're rebooting intsted of continuing. And there is no need to be duche, i hate when people act tough online. Cut that sh*t out. I have said nothing to you, i have only stated my opinion on a Spider-Man reboot. And it partially is Stan Lee's fault. I admire the man for everything he has done, but i don't agree with his desicion to sell out to Diseny. so read my comments more thoroughly before trying to pick them apart and start fight.
    `p.s. calling me uneducated is frigging hillarious, i'm out of college and make more in a month than you probably make in a year.

    5 years agoby @bloodlessdjFlag

  7. WongFu

    First off you state you hate the idea of Ultimate Spider-man. then you change your mind being that gritter maybe helpful, you ramble on about the original format and people are making blind judgments.

    You put down: Also, you're blaming Stan Lee? Really? He's half the reason we are even able to have this discussion to begin with, so f*ck you, sir. You people call yourselves "fans" when you don't know jack sh*t.

    That's a little harsh. In the second comment you come off a bit harsher than before.

    But most of you type like you're f*cking retarded chimps which gives the impression that you have no clue what you're talking about. Then once your atrocious grammar has finally been deciphered, it's obvious you have no f*cking idea what you're talking about. You all come off as hasty, irrational, "thinkers" instead of true comic fans.

    hello, your talking to people who are less intelligent or don't give a rats behind of what you think.
    Your right about part 2 being the better out of all three, but these are just films. I defend the directors and actors because I know what's it like to have people talk trash to them or about them.

    Three weeks ago I was talking to an old school friend and he told me what he read on the internet about his acting. He was upset that people thought of him being a bad actor, it unnerved him and he was thinking of leaving the industry. All I said to him was, every actor goes through the same thing so your not alone on that.

    Anyway you have to realize not everyone knows how to spell or form a proper thought, hence the swear words and the horrid grammar we see each and every day.

    My whole point is you are against it and your defending it at the same time, I gave up by bad mouthing it. Our opinions mean little to people who don't read these comments, Raimi and a lot more directors don't read the comments since we know very little about the industry.
    I've been studying the industry and how everything works since the age of 12, I may not be apart of it right now but one day I will.
    Having an opinion is one thing, contradicting your self is another.

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  8. T.Clark

    What do you mean I'm not giving it a chance? Every comment I've made on this thread has been defending the film in some way.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  9. WongFu

    I enjoyed the old films, I'm sure I'll enjoy this once it comes out.

    I'm not too set to think it'll be bad. As long it has a great cast and a solid story line, I'll be happy.
    Most or some of us are too set in their ways of what we want to see.
    One it's the directors and the people that make these films, and yet we as fans have no idea of what is truly going on.
    I on the other hand, understand the pressures of what any project falls under. It's not just the director nor the crew that have a lot of heat. Its us, its how we state it won't be good, it'll be the end of Spiderman or anything else.
    they make a fun film to watch and we complain, well our standards are too high and I understand that but let me remind you that Raimi was being pushed around by the studio. the pressure of getting any film out on the market only to get more than enough garbage from us.
    Some studios get involved and push the director for what they want and what they and us forget is that you can't tell an artist to paint or to write. Dead lines are set, writing a script isn't easy. Hell I'm writing four scripts my self and at the moment I don't have the pressure of what a director gets.

    (Insert username here) your little statement about fans is quite true. They have vested their time and love the characters the moment they started reading them, but let me remind you one thing, I may be a little closed minded at times and right now you are. Your not giving it a chance to prove it self, wait until its out, as far as any of us are concerned it might even be better than we think.
    It's like judging a book by its cover and not reading it since it looks awful, that person makes a snap judgment that its bad and they refuse to read it. Just give it a chance, If I'm willing to see the end result and so should any of us.

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  10. T.Clark

    I mean, I can see where CBF is coming from. No one can deny his love for the character. But most of you type like you're f*cking retarded chimps which gives the impression that you have no clue what you're talking about. Then once your atrocious grammar has finally been deciphered, it's obvious you have no f*cking idea what you're talking about. You all come off as hasty, irrational, "thinkers" instead of true comic fans.

    When you think about it, the only great movie out of the Spider-Man trilogy was part 2. Part 1 was fun, but pretty cheesy, and part 3 was just bad. If they continued the series, and part 4 redeemed Sam after part 3, that would have been dandy. But can we please for the love of the character at least give this a chance?

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  11. T.Clark

    "I especially hate the idea of basing it off of Ultimate Spider-man. They're gonna aim this at little kids and ruin it for everyone."

    Just because Peter is in high school doesn't mean it'll be "kid friendly." Making it like the Fantastic Four flicks is the last thing this needs. It's been stated that this will be "grittier," which is a good sign. Back in its prime, the Ultimate line was pretty mature.

    Everyone always complains that Raimi's Spider-Man was too much like a cry baby and that he didn't make sarcastic jokes while fighting...that's what Ultimate Spider-Man does, but as soon as it's reported that it's being based on USM, the sh*t hits the fan. You can't please anyone nowadays. Just wait for more information...the story, the characters, the cast...before you make blind judgments. USM is a great starting point for a reboot if they want to take this in a new direction.

    Also, you're blaming Stan Lee? Really? He's half the reason we are even able to have this discussion to begin with, so f*ck you, sir. You people call yourselves "fans" when you don't know jack sh*t.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  12. Saints18

    I agree that this franchise should not be rebooted. I will not go see another origin movie for Spider-Man. Been there done that. I was reluctant to even go see the Hulk one. If they tie this in with the Avengers maybe I will go see but I dont think that will be the case. We'll see category!

    5 years agoby @saints18Flag

  13. Bloodlessdj

    this is gonna be stupid. i loved the Spider-man trilgoy, it was nearly perfect. There is no need to reboot it at all. I was really wating for Spider-man 4, Toby made this character on the big screen, no one will fill his shoes. I especially hate the idea of basing it off of Ultimate Spider-man. They're gonna aim this at little kids and ruin it for everyone. I blame Diseny and Stan Lee for selling out, he's gonna die soon and he's rich any way, why the hell dis he need another 6 billion dollars!!!!

    5 years agoby @bloodlessdjFlag

  14. T.Clark

    "the studio is rapidly getting ready to start shooting later this year, despite the fact that casting hasn't started yet."

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  15. the Narrator

    @Anacin, @fanboy. To quote the latter: "now they want to film before the end of the year, looks like they could f*ck this up again."
    That's isn't really rushing at all. That gives them, from the start of the reboot announcement, nearly a year for green lighting and pre-production. Not too bad for a film that's already got a script. So yeah, I don't think it's rushing at all given the circ*mstances. This is going to be a more realistic, modern, and personal approach to Spidey than the previous adaption, not to mention have a somewhat low budget (no long epic fight scenes for now). Therefore I don't think a much longer time frame is needed for pre-pro.

    Btw, no where does it even state they want to start filming by the end of the year. So where you pulled that out of, beats me.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  16. T.Clark

    So people can't have the same opinion as you?

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  17. Anacin

    Thanks for saying essentially what I just stated, fanboy.

    5 years agoby @anacinFlag

  18. fanboy

    why are they rushing this movie. they just announced that they were going to reboot the franchise just a couple months ago. now they want to film before the end of the year, looks like they could f*ck this up again.....the second time around.

    5 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  19. Anacin

    WHOA! They wrote a beta-script already!??? This seems rushed! I swear to God, if they f*ck this up a second time around, I am going to be so pissed!

    5 years agoby @anacinFlag

  20. T.Clark

    btw, must really be working hard on that Iron Man 2 review. It's gotta be 6 pages by now...can't wait to read it haha ;)

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  21. T.Clark

    I don't see what the big deal about using USM as inspiration is. The Avengers movie/tie-ins are loosely using the Ultimate line as inspiration. Iron Man's suit was like an amalgamation of the 616-universe and Ultimate Iron Man in the first film. S.H.I.E.L.D. is recruiting the Avengers, which never happened in the original Marvel universe, and Nick Fury is obviously based off of the Ultimate version. In the Incredible Hulk, the combination of radiation poisoning and the super-soldier serum turn Blonsky into the Abomination, and in the first volume of the Ultimates, that same combination turns Banner into a much tougher Hulk.

    Why do I use the Avengers as an example? Well, for starters, that technique WORKS. The Ultimate line was initially created as a way for creators to reimagine the stories of Marvel characters in a more realistic world, and that world is easier to adapt. Secondly, these are movies, meaning they can pick from any branch and adapt it into a working story. Take Nick Fury from the Ultimate line? Sure. Armor Wars from the 616 universe? Dandy. As long as it works for the characters being presented.

    So, that same technique can be used for this Spider-Man reboot. Not saying this is what's going through their heads over in Hollywood, but the Ultimate version of Spidey could inspire the teenage aspect of the story, which made Spider-Man such a relateable character when first created. This IS after all the first movie. Peter could very well mature into the 616 Spider-Man we know today, but I think the Ultimate universe is the perfect stepping stone to kick off this reboot. Aspects from the original Spidey could be thrown in easily if it's continuity you're worried about...and do movies ever really get continuity right? No. Their resources story wise are at a disadvantage.

    If it's Brian Bendis's writing you have a problem with, I don't know what to say about that besides that he writes a very good Spider-Man, both Ultimate and regular Marvel. New Avengers was proof of that. Granted, the Ultimate line has gone down hill, but when it was first breathed life into, it was a great idea and continued to be a good idea for several years. I think it's more the continuity aspect you have a problem with, but again: these are movies. They're not going to be 100% accurate. Spider-Man's story can be told in a number of different ways on film. Raimi told his version, now it's time for something new. If it fails, I'll be the first to admit it. But I'm not going to throw it under the bus just yet.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  22. Vanboy

    mosorwvlad, I agree!

    5 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  23. CBF

    Alvin Sargent largely helped on Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 only. Michael Chabon along with Millar & Gough are the reason #2 was what it was, Sargent only added the finishing touches. On #3, Raimi had him add all the scripts together to form one big script, keeping what he liked of all them and dropping what he disliked. It was mostly Raimi looking over his shoulder the whole time telling him what he wanted the final script to be.

    As far as rewriting James Vanderbilt's draft, not sure if they threw out the other rewrites by David Lindsay-Abaire and Gary Ross, but I hope he's not rewriting over those, which he originally was asked to by Raimi. Because those were for Spider-Man 4. Chances are they threw them out and went straight back to Vanderbilt's draft, which now Sargent has been rehired to rewrite. It's been a long process, but because the studio wants to take Brian Michael Bendis' "Ultimate Spider-Man" as inspiration, I don't think any rewrite can save this project.

    5 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  24. Myluckyday

    I'm okay with this. SM2 is my favourite from the trioligy and it tops my list of fav Superhero movies.

    5 years agoby @myluckydayFlag

  25. the Narrator

    @ChuChi, the name Spiderman alone, even if this completely sucks (which it won't) will bring millions of viewers. Just the name. Add the fact that this reboot seems to know what it's doing. It'll make money. Maybe not as much as the original, but money for sure.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  26. Emmytt

    great i hope this donst suck

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  27. ChuChi


    5 years agoby @josedrosaFlag

  28. ChuChi

    SM2 is the best of all of them.... but i still think this new reboot spiderman wouldnt get more than 700 world..

    5 years agoby @josedrosaFlag

  29. Diaigma

    I thought SM2 was one of the best hero films films ever, bested only by TDK.
    This SW knows what he's doing. Glad to hear that he's on board.
    Give me new faith to this project. :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  30. mosorwvlad

    They are killing the spider, god damn murderers. They should stop before it is to late !

    5 years agoby @mosorwvladFlag

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