Director Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy was one of the most popular and lucrative series in film history, so it's safe to say that they hold a special place in the director's heart. And that's just compounded by the fact that he didn't actually want to quit the series. So needless to say, his feelings about last year's franchise reboot, "The Amazing Spider-Man," are... complex.
Complex enough that Raimi refuses to even watch it.
That's what Raimi told The Huffington Post yesterday, explaining that the wounds are still too raw. Raimi, you see, was hard at work on "Spider-Man 4" when he decided he just couldn't get the film done in time for Sony's 2011 deadline. So he reluctantly turned the project over to director Marc Webb, who retooled and rebooted the whole thing, delivering an international box office smash. It was a Hollywood ending — for everyone but Raimi.
"Well, I'm a big Marc Webb fan and a giant fan of Emma Stone. And of Andrew Garfield," Raimi said. "And I love the producers of that movie because they are dear friends, and the writer. But, I haven't had the guts to go see the movie yet. Because I don't want to go to my girlfriend's wedding. I just can't bring myself to do it. I don't have the guts. But, I hear it's great. My wife even loved the picture and said it was a wonderful, excellently produced, beautifully acted, brilliantly written Spider-Man picture. She'd tell me the truth and that's what she said."
Not that Raimi is bitter about it (unlike, say, James Franco, who trashed the film last month).
"I think I handed the torch to Marc and I hear that he ran with it and succeeded and made a brilliant picture," Raimi said. "I'm happy for him and all the team. And I only wish him the best and I salute them because it's a tough job, too. And obviously he's pleased the fans -- so, I'm proud for him. I'm happy for my friends on the picture."
Now that's how you handle a painful break-up with class.