James Franco slams The Amazing Spider-Man

'Spider-Man' actor James Franco has criticized Mark Webb's reboot 'The Amazing Spider-Man', claiming it is too close to Sam Raimi's original film

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James Franco has slammed 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.

The 34-year-old actor - who played Peter Parker's best friend-turned-enemy Harry Osbourn in Sam Raimi's original 'Spider-Man' trilogy - was left unimpressed by Mark Webb's reboot of the superhero story and claims the only point of the copy-cat film was to cash in at the box-office.

He told MTV: "They could've strayed a little bit more from the original. It's like... why. Guess they made a lot of money. OK, congrats. But good for them. Sam and I moved on, we made 'Oz'."

Sam - whose new film 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' is out in March - planned on producing two more sequels after completing 'Spider Man 3' in 2007.

However, he and leading man Tobey Maguire quit over script issues and Marvel's decision to make a prequel, featuring the hero as a high school student.

The filmmaker said at the time: "While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job."

James might be unimpressed with the Andrew Garfield-fronted film, but his former co-star Kirsten Dunst previously revealed she is thrilled 'The 'Descendants' star Shailene Woodley is taking on the role of Mary-Jane Watson in 'The Amazing Spider-Man' sequel.

She commented: "I really like her too, a lot... I think she's a sweetheart and such a good actress. I'm happy. If I had to pick someone, I'm happy she's following in my shoes."

The Amazing Spider-Man

  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Marc Webb
  • Written by: Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves
  • Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
  • UK release: 3 July 2012

This spin-off from the Spider-Man franchise explores the story of young Peter Parker as he struggles to come to terms with being abandoned by his parents and his early confrontations with Dr Curt Connors' giant lizard. Director Webb and star Garfield breathe new life into this Marvel favourite.

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