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Before filming began on the new Spider-Man movie, director Sam Raimi and his cast met with the press in Los Angeles. And Starburst was there...
Now, with Raimi's shoot about halfway done, the film's official website has been launched.
Press Conference report by David Richardson from Starburst #271
Look out for coverage of Spider-Man in Starburst magazine, and others in our range, during 2001
Sticking closely to the comic book story, Raimi's Spider-Man follows the fortunes of Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), an orphaned New Yorker who lives with his aunt and uncle. Bitten by a genetically altered spider, Peter discovers he possesses unusual powers: greater strength and agility, plus an ESP-like spider-sense. Initially planning to use this power for commercial gain, Peter has a change of heart after a family tragedy, and vows to fight criminals like the insane Green Goblin...
Spider-Man began its four-month shoot in January 2001, for a planned theatrical release of May 3 2002. As fans wait with bated breath, its X-Men syndrome all over again. But Bryan Singer did not disappoint with his summer 2000 hit, and likewise Raimi intends to deliver a movie that will appeal to both enthusiasts and mainstream audiences alike. Here are some of the things he and his cast said in January...
Weve decided to
get back to the classical look of the red and blue Spiderman. Jim [Acheson, the
Oscar-winning costume designer] has decided to update, to bring [the outfit]
into the year 2002. What we were really after was to give Tobey an outfit where
he could display maximum flexibility by his physical prowess.
Superman was a great job at the
time, but audiences become... more adept at determining what is real and what
is an illusion. I believe that you will be hard pressed to tell the pieces
where weve helped reality a little bit.
Im very excited. Ive done
all kinds of training for flexibility and for acrobatic grace and I enjoy it
thoroughly. This has been a long time coming, Ive been cast since July
, and I cant wait to get in the middle of it.
I think of my role in this movie as
Norman Osborn first and the Green Goblin grows out of an aspect of him...
Update: March 23
Coinciding with the 38th anniversary of the web-slinging superhero's first appearance in his very own comic book, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment have unveiled an official site with "a wide-screen format and a cinematic feel", aiming to persuade us that "the experience begins on the web."
We're bracing ourselves for a whole year of internet crossover jokes with this film, but in the meantime, among the things you can enjoy from day one online at the site are:
It's a great-looking site, but you will need the latest Shockwave, Flash and Real or Media Player plug-ins to enjoy it in full...
Website report by Mark Wyman for www.visimag.com
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