Sam Raimi, 'Spider-Man' Director, On Watching 'The Amazing Spider-Man': 'I Haven't Had The Guts'

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13:  Director Sam Raimi attends the premiere Of Walt Disney Pictures' 'Oz The Great And Powerful' at
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Director Sam Raimi attends the premiere Of Walt Disney Pictures' 'Oz The Great And Powerful' at the El Capitan Theatre on February 13, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

After the success of Sam Raimi's trilogy of Spider-Man films, it seemed like a no-brainer that the series would continue, considering everyone involved seemed willing to do so. The problem was, reportedly, that Sony wanted a 2011 release date and Raimi felt he couldn't deliver a quality product before that date. The fourth "Spider-Man" was canceled, replaced with a 2012 reboot, "The Amazing Spider-Man," directed by Marc Webb.

On Sunday, we spoke to Raimi who is promoting his new film, "Oz: The Great and Powerful." (The full interview will publish closer to the film's March 8 release.) While discussing a host of topics ("For Love of the Game" and "A Simple Plan" were discussed at length), the subject turned to Spider-Man. Specifically, if he had had a chance to see Marc Webb's new interpretation.

I remember a quote about how you were concerned about how you introduced Gwen Stacy in "Spider-Man 3." Stacy is introduced first in the new version. Have you seen "The Amazing Spider-Man"?
Well, I'm a big Marc Webb fan and a giant fan of Emma Stone. And of Andrew Garfield. I saw him on Broadway in "Death of a Salesman" -- it's just brilliant. 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.

Is it a weird position to be in? There seemed to be a sense, at first, that he and the new film were in your shadow.
I don't feel he was in my shadow at all. I think I handed the torch to Marc and I hear that he ran with it and succeeded and made a brilliant picture. 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.

Mike Ryan is senior writer for Huffington Post Entertainment. You can contact him directly on Twitter.

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