NOT AN EXCLUSIVE: Tobey Maguire still Spidey (updated)

One of the least reliable movie news sources on the internet (a.k.a. Latino Review) concocted a story — quickly picked up by Coming Soon and other more reputable news sites — claiming that Tobey Maguire was being replaced in the next Spider-Man sequels and naming a couple of young actors Sony was supposedly considering to fill the old red and blues, only for Sony to come out earlier today with a statement that there was no truth to the rumor.

And this is why I didn’t bother with the story in the first place: Latino Review’s “trusted source” gave me déja vu. I called the site out on obviously misreading a Variety article back in January when they “broke” the “news” that Brandon Routh was out of the Superman Returns sequel (he’s not), only to have them backpedal, contradict themselves, and name a new, magical source that their article hadn’t previously mentioned (they later retracted the article — but obviously not after many thousands of visitors had given them some ad revenue).

While I’m one of those who thinks some new blood on both sides of the camera would do the Spidey franchise some good, what I don’t get is why Latino Review is so desperate to repeat its only major scoops in the past several years (Brandon Routh being picked as Superman for Superman Returns; and confirmation of Heath Ledger as the Joker for The Dark Knight) that whenever a major super-hero movie comes out, they have to just start naming actors and crossing their fingers that one of them actually gets signed, so that they can say, “See? We told you so!”

All of this is not to say that Tobey Maguire “will definitely be Spider-Man again” or anything of the sort: Raimi’s not signed; Maguire’s not signed; no one is. But, come on, guys: good journalists have two sources before they run with a “scoop.”

UPDATE (5/29): IESB reports that Sony’s head of Media Relations for Sony/Columbia Pictures Steve Elzer has stated, “No one is being considered for the role but Tobey. Period.” Adding insult to injury, the article states that “Sony PR people have been scrambling with various websites asking them to have any link or reference to the [original] story removed.” Ha fuckin’ ha, Latino Review.

Posted on May 28, 2008 at 15:05 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Robert Neely
    on 2008-05-29 at 02:22

    Thanks for being willing to call them out on it. I hate rumor mills that do stuff like this. If you’re going to run fake news, either A.) make it a parody (the Onion) or B.) go overboard (tabloids). Let’s face it, whatever they’re doing for Spider-Man 4, they have alot to make up for after Spider-Man 3. The only thing going for them is they’re not tied down to any previous storyline now, like the 3rd was tied to Harry Osburn and forced to include him amongst any other villians.

    Robert Neely
    Red Tie Review

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