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Scriptless Spider-Man 4 to Miss Start Date, Dump Anne Hathaway?

Can't anybody get a damn Spider-Man-related project off the ground smoothly these days? Nikki Finke reports that Sam Raimi's upcoming Spider-Man 4 movie will probably miss its planned release date of May 11, 2011 owing to a script whose third revision the director still hates. Scribes Jamie Vanderbilt, Gary Ross, and David Lindsay-Abaire have all taken turns, and now Raimi and Sony have fingers crossed that Alvin Sargent can turn in something less odious.

S4 was to begin shooting in March with stars Tobey Maguire, John Malkovich (as villain the Vulture), and Anne Hathaway (as villainess the Vulturess). Now, though, there's no planned start date, and Sony may drop Hathaway for someone cheaper and less famous (or maybe they'll scrap her character altogether, who knows). Batman is basically laughing his ass off right now.

EXCLUSIVE: 'Spider-Man 4' Officially Has No Start Date As Of Today Because Of Script Problems; Sony "Unlikely" To Make Scheduled May 5, 2011, Release Date [Deadline]

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