Bendis Talks Spidey Reboot!
Brian Micheal Bendis, the creator and writer of Ultimate Spiderman said this to IGN
IGN Comics: I wanted to ask you a completely unrelated question. You tweeted a week or two ago that you went to Sony because of the Spider-Man films. I remember a while back we had discussed how you had been pulled in to watch the first Spider-Man film with Stan Lee. I know you can't say much here but is your involvement with this relaunch more significant than screening bits of the movie?
Bendis: I honestly don't know what I'm allowed to say. So I'm going to pass for now. It was quite the morning and afternoon – quite the long meeting – and quite amazing. I'll let you know when I can say what it was. But I left the day happy. And that's kind of what people want to hear from me anyhow. Was it good news or bad news? It was good news. Everything I've heard since that meeting sounded like good news – in theory.
IGN Comics: Awesome. Well when you do find out what you can say and when, please shoot me an e-mail or give me a ring.
Bendis: Absolutely. I'm not trying to be tight-lipped or coy, but I don't know what's appropriate to the other creative people involved. It's their story to tell and I don't want to be running around saying, "Well I saw it! I saw it first!" Two seconds ago we were talking about ********s who spoil the endings of books – I don't want to spoil things about a movie that hasn't even been shot yet. –laughs-
IGN Comics: I hear you. More generally, not speaking to your involvement, it's my understanding this is going back to Pete in high school, back to a more youthful age. What would you consider key guidelines to that sort of approach?
Bendis: I think you should do a line-for-line, exact adaptation of my work. -laughs- No, no, honestly I always say, you know, if you look at Ultimate Spider-Man, that's what I think. Why would I create something other than what I thought should be out there. And being asked to Sony was immensely flattering. It did make me feel that, every year since I've broken into comic books, a little more of the wall between mainstream Hollywood and comics is being broken down. I appreciate that. Because there was a huge wall up, and now there's not even a question that they call someone who might know something. And it's not just me, it's my other peers. And every time I hear that, I always think that's good thinking. You know what I mean? I'm not meaning to sound arrogant, like, "Yes! Of course you should call me!" but for this Spider-Man or for Geoff's stuff, it just seems like it's smart. So I'm thrilled to be a part of that aspect of it.