|Directed by||Sam Raimi|
|Screenplay by||David Koepp|
|Based on||The Amazing Spider-Man
by Stan Lee
|Music by||Danny Elfman|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$821.7 million|
Spider-Man is a 2002 American Hollywood superhero film directed by Sam Raimi. Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, the film starsTobey Maguire as Peter Parker, a high school student living in New York City, who turns to crimefighting after developing spider-like super powers. Spider-Man also stars Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn (a.k.a. the Green Goblin),Kirsten Dunst as Peter’s love interest Mary Jane Watson, and James Francoas his best friend Harry Osborn.
After progress on the film stalled for nearly 25 years, it was licensed for a worldwide release by Sony Pictures Entertainment in 1999 after it acquired options from MGM on all previous scripts developed by Cannon Films,Carolco and New Cannon. Exercising its option on just two elements from this multi-script acquisition (a screenplay credited to James Cameron, Ted Newsom, John Brancato, Barney Cohen, and “Joseph Goldman” (the pet name of Menahem Golan) and a later treatment credited solely to Cameron), Sony hired David Koepp to create a working screenplay from this “Cameron material”. Directors Roland Emmerich, Ang Lee, Chris Columbus, Jan de Bont, M. Night Shyamalan, Tony Scott and David Fincher were considered to direct the project before Raimi was hired as director in 2000.