Seabiscuit writer to redraft Spider-Man 4

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

When last we spoke with Spider-Man 4 director Sam Raimi, he was just about to read the latest draft of the script, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire.

Well, guess he didn't like it that much: News has broken that Seabiscuit writer/director Gary Ross has been brought on board to do a rewrite, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are back as director and star, respectively, as are series producers Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad. ...

The move also puts Ross back to work with Maguire, with whom he worked on his directorial vehicles Pleasantville and Seabiscuit. The two were also working on Tokyo Suckerpunch, a drama set up at Columbia; that project is now on hold as Ross tackles another writing project, Columbia's Lance Armstrong biopic.

James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) also reportedly worked on the script.

We hope this doesn't bode ill for the sequel: Too many cooks was one of the reported reasons Spider-Man 3's story was so convoluted and why the movie was less successful creatively than the previous two installments.

Spider-Man 4 is slated for release in May 2011.