A few months ago actor James Franco revealed he had seen Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise reboot and wasn’t impressed. At the time he said:
“They could’ve strayed a little bit more from the original. Why [make the movie]? Well, I guess they made a lot of money. Okay, congrats. Good for them.”
Franco played Harry Osborn in the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy. Now, Franco’s onscreen father Willem Dafoe tells Total Film he hasn’t seen the reboot and has no plans to:
“I saw a trailer for the first ‘Spider-Man’ reboot and I thought, ‘This is crazy! It’s not shot for shot, but it’s the same story. I thought, ‘This is sort of a cynical approach to making money.’ The way Sam Raimi approached it, it was pure in its intentions.
I like Spider-Man, the first one that I was involved in, because although you can argue all sorts of things, from my perspective it was very pure. It really was. The way Sam Raimi approached it, it was pure in its intentions and I think he captured, particularly, Tobey [Maguire] at that particular moment.
This real, genuine innocence; it wasn’t indicated. Then after that it became more difficult because it’s hard to achieve that when it’s gotten some kind of attention and a certain level of success!”