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Spider-Man 3

Status:
Pre-production

Release Date:
4 May 2007

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Marvel Enterprises
Laura Ziskin Productions

Distributors
Columbia Pictures (2007) (worldwide) (theatrical)
Sony Pictures Releasing (2007) (Germany) (theatrical)

Other Companies
Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment Inc. ... dollies

Genre
Action / Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Thriller

Grace turning villainous for 'Spider-Man 3'
Topher Grace has joined the cast of Spider-Man 3, which Sam Raimi is directing for Columbia Pictures. Producing are Laura Ziskin and Marvel Studio's Avi Arad. The studio said Grace will play one of two villains but declined to give further details. Grace joins returning cast members Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco, all of whom starred in the first two films. Thomas Haden Church also has been cast. Spider-Man 3 was written by Alvin Sargent and is scheduled for release May 4, 2007. Sargent received sole screenwriting credit for Spider-Man 2.

Church To Play Venom in 'Spider-Man 3'?
Sideways star Thomas Haden Church's villainous alter-ego in the new Spider-Man movie has been revealed, if internet gossip is to be believed. The Oscar nominee will play Venom in Spider-Man 3 in 2007, according to the Pressconnects.Com website. Venom won't be the only Spider-Man arch-enemy in the second sequel - Daniel Gillies' John Jameson character will become Manwolf in the film, according to the reports.

Church will try to squash hero in 'Spider-Man 3'
Thomas Haden Church, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor in Sideways, has been cast as Spidey's new archenemy in the next chapter of the Spider-Man franchise. Director Sam Raimi made the annoncement Monday along with producers Laura Ziskin and Marvel Studios' Avi Arad. Spider-Man 3, which is scheduled for release May 4, 2007, will reunite the team that was responsible for the first two blockbuster films, which combined to gross more than $1.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales. The new film will again star Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and Kirsten Dunst is expected to reprise her role as Mary Jane Watson. Production on Spider-Man 3 is scheduled to begin early next year.

'Spider' man Dykstra will roll 'Wheels'
Hot off his Oscar win for the visual effects in Spider-Man 2, John Dykstra is suiting up for a ride on Columbia Pictures' Hot Wheels as visual effects designer for director McG rather than sign on for Spider-Man 3. "I will miss all the terrific people I worked with on Spider-Man," Dykstra said. "But this is a great opportunity. I'm an adrenaline junkie; it's an avocation. And what's cool about Hot Wheels is it allows us to explore the language of cars -- from NASA Formula One, to tuners, hot rods, classics, dinosaur cars, monster trucks and so on." Sony Imageworks' Scott Stokdyk, who also won an Oscar for his work on Spider-Man 2, has stepped in to fill Dykstra's shoes on Spider-Man 3. Dykstra was visual effects designer on the first two Spider-Man films, on which Stokdyk was visual effects supervisor.

Directed by
Sam Raimi

Writers
Steve Ditko Comic book & characters
Stan Lee Comic book & characters
Alvin Sargent Screenplay

Producers
Avi Arad ... producer
Laura Ziskin ... producer

Cast - in credits order
Tobey Maguire ... Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst ... Mary Jane Watson
Thomas Haden Church
James Franco ... Harry Osborn
Other credited cast listed alphabetically
Dylan Baker ... Dr. Curt Connors
Elizabeth Banks ... Miss Brant
Topher Grace

Second Unit Directors or Assistant Directors
David Lowery ... second unit director
Jeffrey Lynch ... second unit director

Art Department
Trey Butts ... third property assistant
James Carson ... conceptual artist
Leif Einarsson ... previz artist
Christopher Glass ... storyboard artist
E.J. Krisor ... illustrator
David Lowery ... storyboard artist
Harry E. Otto ... assistant art director
Ryan Jeremy Woodward ... animatic

Visual Effects Department
Bill LaBarge ... senior technical director: SPI
Andres Martinez ... visual effects
Jeff Shank ... digital effects: SPI
Scott Stokdyk ... visual effects supervisor

Miscellaneous Crew
John Casey ... costume supervisor
David Gelb ... production assistant
Holly McGreevy ... second assistant accountant: pre-production

Trivia
The release date for the film was set before Spider-Man 2 was even released.

John Dykstra, who won an Oscar for his work as visual effects supervisor on Spider-Man 2, had declined to work on the third film. Instead, Dykstra chose to work on Hot Wheels. Scott Stokdyk took over as visual effects supervisor

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