Fans of Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man movie are in for an enduring treat - film bosses want to turn it into a six-part franchise.

The first installment of Spider-Man, which also starred Kirsten Dunst, was released in 2002 and went on to rake in $403 million (GBP223 million). Subsequently, the second part has already been touted as this summer's (04) smash hit movie.

Bosses at studio SONY PICTURES have confirmed that a third movie is already in the works, which is slated to hit screens on 4 May, 2007.

But the most exciting news of all is that executives are looking to make as many as six Spider-Man films, which would make it second only to James Bond as an enduring action series.

Producer LAURA ZISKIN says, "It's hard to believe how much everyone believes in the project. I'm trying to get my mind around the third film, and the studio is already looking ahead to the sixth, and the second one isn't out yet. But I believe Spider-Man can do something that hasn't been done in the movies."

But it may be hard persuading Maguire to star in all six episodes - when he learned of bosses' plans, he responded, "Are they really thinking that far out? I'm just trying to figure out what I'll be doing tomorrow. I can't see that far ahead."

And Dunst has already hinted that she may not go past the franchise's third installment.

26/03/2004 02:43