Jul 15, 2012

Remember When James Cameron Was Supposed to Do Spider-Man?

I found this off an old WIZARD issue. I'd forgotten that James Cameron was attached to the Spider-Man movies at one point, and that he wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to play Peter Parker. The WIZARD guys did this as a joke.


I wonder how that would have gone. Not only was Leo too old to be Peter Parker even then, but he also had too much of a negative reputation (as an actor, not as a person) if I remember right. On the other hand, he actually turned out to be a pretty good actor after all, and since it's James Cameron, maybe the movie would have been the top-grossing movie ever.

Your thoughts?

7 comments:

Paul C said...

I heard somewhere that the script had Spidey describing about how spiders dance for their mate and then doing a seductive dance for MJ. And Electro was an evil businessman or something. I'm so glad this never got made. It just goes to show how the X-Men movie (and maybe Blade) really changed everything. Hollywood suddenly realised they could stick to the source material and people would still watch it. Of course the flip side to this is a film like Green Lantern that tries to cram as much from the comic in as possible and fails as a result.

Brian Skene said...

DiCaprio was only 18 at the time, the perfect age to play Pete. It was just around the time "What's eating Gilbert Grape" was released, and his credentials shot way up, so it was a pretty astute casting decision, but if I remember straight, he turned it down before the production was cancelled. I think he could have pulled it off, but who knows...

Duy Tano said...

I should've said he *looked* too old to play a high school Peter, or he was too well-established. I remember at the time thinking he was probably the same age as Matt Damon. Maguire had done Pleasantville just a few years ago, so he was still stuck in my head as a high school kid (and never actually left that, to the detriment of every scene those movies had that was set after high school).

JV said...

Gotta correct you here, Duy. Cameron had the rights to make Spider-Man back in 1991, way before DiCap was even a star (he was still that scrawny, annoying kid on the last season of Growing Pains). The movie got caught up in development hell and the rights were in dispute so Cameron gave up and decided to pursue True Lies instead.

Duy Tano said...

JV, sorry if you got multiple notifications in your inbox. I ended up commenting multiple times and haphazardly. Figured I should just revise it into one cogent comment.

The fake ad is from Wizard #81, cover-dated May 1998. The issue before mentions that Cameron was on the Howard Stern Show saying that he was still interested in Spider-Man (though I guess not legally), and wanted DiCaprio for it. He wanted it to be his follow-up to Titanic. So he didn't "give up" to pursue True Lies so much as put it in the back burner hoping it would be handed back to him.

In any event, all this was really an excuse for me to put that fake ad up, which I think is really funny. I mean, Nikki Cox as MJ?

JV said...

Dude, Nikki Cox is sweet sweet looking candy! Ah, I'd completely forgotten about that! Now I remember! When the rights were given to Sony back in 2000, he was in the running to direct but for whatever reason, it didn't push through. Which begs the question, I wonder who he had in mind for Peter Parker back in 1991?

Alexander Edward Pytko said...

Some of it seems like a joke, some of it doesn't. Leonardo DiCaprio seemed like a very unusual choice to play Spiderman as Spiderman is supposed to have a sense of humor and DiCaprio played a lot of characters too serious to be like Spiderman. I guess they thought of him because he was popular at the time. But DiCaprio is no Spiderman or superhero material. Nikki Cox would've been a good choice as Mary Jane. She was popular. She was also very hot as Mary Jane is supposed be in the comics because MJ is an actress and a model. Nikki also looked a lot like MJ being a natural redhead, herself and also her face looks a lot like MJ's. Kevin Spacey would've an EXCELLENT choice to play Norman Osbourne/Green Goblin because he's really good at playing an asshole businessman and a lunatic which is what the Green Goblin is! He played Lex Luther in Superman Returns. Michael Douglas playing John Jonah Jamerson IS A JOKE! He doesn't fit the role and doesn't have the annoying voice for it. It says Robert Guillaume on the cast, I'm guessing he'd be playing Jamerson's assistant, Robbie. That seems believable. It also has Bill Paxton's name on it, I don't know who he'd play. Maybe Dr. Conners. Katherine Hepburn as Aunt May, I can see that. She was a popular actress and had a sweet face.

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