Actor J.K. Simmons spoke to MTV at Sundance about where Spider-Man 4 currently stands and whether we’d see J. Jonah Jameson involved in the story again.
The actor confirmed that he had spoken to director Sam Raimi at a Christmas party and that they were going to begin filming the movie in 2010 sometime. While this sounds fantastic, Sam Raimi — as well as Tobey Mcguire and Kirsten Dunst — have yet to officially sign on to the project; though all are expected to be up for a return now that a decent enough amount of time has passed by.
When asked about the character J. Jonah Jameson and if he would like to see more of him the next movie, J.K. Simmons responded:
We’ve definitely brainstormed ideas for Triple-J, but I have no desire to make Triple-J more of the focus of those movies. The amount that I did in 1, 2 and 3, is just exactly right. Like be the wolf. Come in, blow in, do a week, blow out, be the comic relief, and hit the road. And let Tobey and everybody else do the heavy lifting.
Considering that Raimi and Dunst and now Simmons have all spoken about the project, brainstormed, and even said they were doing it, I’m surprised that official contracts haven’t gone through, but I suppose that all depends on when the studio is ready to move forward.
If all parties do indeed jump on board and they do begin filming in 2010, Spider-Man 4 would be on schedule for Sony’s previously announced expectations of a May 2011 release date.