Finally some good news about the Spider-Man movies. Sony plans to reboot Spider-Man with a new director and cast. From the official press release:
Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012. Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today they are moving forward with a film based on a script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises.
The new chapter in the Spider-Man franchise produced by Columbia, Marvel Studios and Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will have a new cast and filmmaking team. Spider-Man 4 was to have been released in 2011, but had not yet gone into production.
My only concern is that Sony may go the Ultimate Spider-Man route and make Peter Parker too contemporary and ruin the character. Still, the franchise was in desperate need of a new director and cast. Spider-Man 4 is slated for 2012.