For now, at least, the man behind the camera is on board. Sam Raimi talked to ComingSoon.net about his possible return to the franchise. "James Vanderbilt is writing the script and I'm excited to read it. I think it's going to be done in a few months. I'm hoping it's as great as our discussions were about it and I'm hoping it feels right for me because I love Spider-Man. I'm hoping I'm well-rested enough to embrace it and I'm hoping Sony wants me to do it. If all of those things come together, I would love to do it. There are a lot of unknowns about the future."
I can't imagine Sony not handing him the job, despite the poor reception of the third installment. And as enthusiastic as Raimi already sounds here, I imagine he will be refreshed and ready to tackle the web-slinger by the time Vanderbilt is done writing. Perhaps the question is whether fans want him to return after the disappointment of Spider-Man 3. I am all for giving him another shot, though, as two out of three is pretty damn good.
Now, someone get Tobey Maguire on the phone. Even if his interest ( or lack thereof) is as theoretical as Raimi's, we might as well know. We have at least a few months to kill before the script hits, so let's find out if Peter Parker needs recasting.