Before Marc Webb, before Sam Raimi, before even James Cameron but after Roger Corman, the carrier of the cinematic Spider-Man torch were the amazing schlockmeisters of Cannon Films. Throughout the 80s they struggled to get a Spidey picture together, and went as far as writing, casting and even making a trailer.
Here is that trailer.
There’s a lot of rumour and hearsay about this film, but I believe the following to be true:
- Doctor Octopus was the villain, and they negotiated with Bob Hoskins for the role.
- Tom Cruise was the top choice for Peter Parker, but he was apparently never even approached.
- Frank LaLoggia, director of The Lady in White, did a draft of the screenplay
- Stan Lee actually volunteered to play J. Jonah Jameson
- Bill & Ted‘s Stephen Herek was approached to direct
- After Masters of the Universe and Superman IV flopped, Cannon’s finances were stretched and Spider-Man was consigned to the dumper
A good number of people have told me that the film would have been quite dark and moody and somewhat in keeping with various New York crime, police and vigilante thrillers, all of which seems a little off-centre for this character. Though I’d have been very curious to see the film finished and released, it would have meant that the eventual Sam Raimi pictures likely wouldn’t have happened and that would be A Very Bad Thing.
Thanks to Mediageek for the tip-off.