A live-action Spider-Man movie almost hit the big screen in the ’80s, but it didn’t focus on the heroic aspects of the character.
the Spider Man The film franchise has been going strong for 20 years, despite several reboots. From Sam Raimi Spider Man in 2002, films based on the character drew crowds and broke box office records on more than one occasion, including the character’s last outing in No coming home. These days, it’s hard to imagine a world where audiences don’t have a Spider-Man movie to look forward to in the near future. However, this was not always the case.
Indeed, before 2002, a live-action Spider Man the film seemed destined never to happen. There have of course been many attempts to bring the character to the big screen, but he has often encountered many trials and tribulations. While one of the most notable attempts came during James Cameron’s time on the project in the ’90s, the first attempt at making a Spider-Man movie happened years before, and it was a very vision. different from the character than the fans. used to.
Back to 1985, the rights to Spider-Man were held by Cannon Films, a now-defunct production company with a long history of making B-movie pictures. Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the owners of Cannon at the time, had purchased the film rights from Marvel under the stipulation that they would produce a film within five years of purchase. Otherwise, those rights would revert to Marvel.
During this short time, Golan and Globus lobbied to shoot a movie. They even got filmmaker Tobe Hooper to direct it and asked Leslie Stevens, creator of The Outer Limits TV series, to write a cinematic treatment for them. This treatment, however, was a far cry from the typical Spider-Man story. In fact, their version of the character had more in common with horror movies like David Cronenberg’s. Fly than he did with the superhero genre.
This unmade film would have turned Peter Parker into a spider hybrid monster by Doctor Zork, a mad scientist who was performing experiments to build a “race of mutants”. After Peter’s transformation, Zork will try to convince him to be “the leader” of his other creations, but the monster will eventually reject this role and fight Zork’s mutants.
However, this version of the story did not sit well with Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee, and when this treatment was presented to him, he persuaded Cannon not to go ahead with the film. This eventually led to Cannon hiring Ted Newsom and John Brancato to come up with a pitch a bit closer to the origin story that fans were familiar with, although their version of the story never made it to production, in largely due to Cannon cutting the film’s budget. Eventually, Cannon lost the rights to Spider-Man, and the character would sit in production limbo for over a decade after that.
It was definitely for the best. After all, while a horror-based Spider-Man isn’t unheard of, being a “What If” storyline that’s been explored often in the comics, presenting the character that way, especially when he first premieres. live output, would have felt like a betrayal of the source material. However, it could still be an intriguing concept to explore, if only briefly, across the MCU’s multiverse.
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