An Open Letter to the People of the
From Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
My Fellow Americans,
By now you have all heard the news and had time to form your own opinions on the subject. I can assure you that no one was more surprised than I when this story broke in the media, and that no one is more sorry than I am about these circumstances. Originally I had intended to forego public comment on the matter, but following discussions with family, friends, my staff, and the president, I have decided to clarify my position regarding this story that has so dominated the interest of the American people both inside and far beyond the beltway.
I believe the cancellation of Spider-Man 4 is a mistake.
Like most of you, I had been looking forward to this next entry in the Sam Raimi-directed franchise. I breathed a small sigh of relief some months ago when it was reported that stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst had been contracted to return as Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, and that screenwriter Alvin Sargent would be returning to write this adventure, just as he had the exquisite Spider-Man 2.
From that point on I eagerly anticipated any news, checking a variety of Hollywood websites on an almost daily basis, as often as my duties as Majority Leader would permit. Who would the villain be? Was John Malkovich really going to play the Vulture? Could I truly look forward to Anne Hathaway in the role of Felicia Hardy? What other landmark Spidey moments might the new film dramatize? The death of Gwen Stacy? The wedding of Peter and M.J.? I was giddy over the possibilities, and I knew, thanks to the return of Sam, Tobey and Kirsten, that I could expect quality.
Just the other day I was talking movies with one of my staff on Capitol Hill, a young African-American man whose particular skin type and dialect I have never taken notice of, when the subject of Spider-Man 4 came up. “I hope they give the excellent Bill Nunn as Robbie Robertson more to do this time around,” I said.
“I knew you would say that, Senator Reid,” said my staffer, “for it is a well-known fact that Robbie Robertson is your favorite character in Spider-Man’s supporting cast.”
What of Bill Nunn now that Sony Pictures has scrapped Spidey 4 in favor of a reboot in 2012? I ask you.
Luckily, we are not too late. I firmly believe that the studio executives who made this decision can be made to see reason if the people of the United States will rise up in protest of this decision. I intend to use my position as Senate Majority Leader to pressure Sony to put Spider-Man 4 back on the schedule, to give Sam Raimi whatever time he needs to craft the best movie possible, and to ensure another big-budget outing starring Tobey Maguire as your friendly neighborhood web-slinger — in between pushing for healthcare reform and championing civil rights in the halls of the Senate, of course.
I urge all of you — hard-working Americans, fellow politicians, members of the news media — to drop whatever else you might be doing and join me! Write letters and emails, call the Sony switchboard, join my Save Spider-Man 4 group on the Facebook, and together we can rescue the greatest superhero film franchise of all time.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless Spider-Man 4.
Yours in Christ,
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
Senate Majority Leader