'Spider-Man' writer says James Cameron made Hollywood take superhero genre seriously
James Cameron had a huge impact on the superhero genre (Image by Columbia Pictures)
In the 1990s, James Cameron struggled long and hard to make his own Spider-Man film.
Unfortunately for Cameron and cinema fans, the Oscar winner left the project after years of legal disputes over the rights despite wanting to write and direct a Spider-Man film for Carolco Pictures.
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Columbia Pictures ultimately won this fight, which led to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man blockbuster in 2002. However, screenwriter David Koepp has shown that he was still heavily inspired by Cameron's work, especially when it came to taking Peter Parker and the superhero genre in general seriously.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 6: Director James Cameron attends the green red carpet dress at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx on February 6, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen / Getty Images for Absolut Elyx)
"I had a lot of my own specific thoughts about what the film should be because I was a Spider-Man fan as a child and young adult. But he took his treatment seriously," Koepp told IGN.
"It took Peter seriously as a character and took a superhero film seriously as a genre. And you had never seen that before. This was in 2000 and 2001 when I wrote (Spider-Man) and there has probably been no good superhero film since the second Batman. X-Men should still come. That came out I think while we were shooting. "
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"The fact that he wrote this 85 or whatever it was, page treatment that was really meaningful in itself and said, no, no, take it seriously. This is a real movie with real people in it."
Koepp also made sure that some of Cameron's ideas for the superhero were included in the adaptation, and admitted that Peter Parker's "bio-web shooter" came from the thoughts of filmmaker Titanic, Terminator and True Lies and that he was "happy." to use them. ”
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