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Col rolls back ‘Spider-Man’

Studios, filmmakers to spend more time on post-prod'n

Columbia Pictures is rolling back both the production start and the subsequent release date of “Spider-Man” from November 2001 to May 3, 2002.

In a statement, the studio said the move “makes possible a production and post-production schedule that will enable the film’s creators to realize their ambitious vision for ‘Spider-Man’ . ”

Production on the webslinging actioner had been slated to start in December, and will now commence in January 2001.

“I’m very happy with the release date,” said Laura Ziskin, who chalked the reskedding move up to “a very ambitious post-production. We’re doing things in (special) effects that have never been done before.”

Ziskin denied that the move had anything to do with possible Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild strikes that may hit May 31, 2001 and July 1, 2001 respectively.

“It never played into the conversation, and was never an issue,” said Ziskin.

The move also protects the picture from limbo in the event of a prolonged strike. For while “Spider-Man” is expected to finish principal photography well before the start of any possible WGA or SAG strikes, any post work such as reshooting or re-recording scenes and dialogue with actors –would not be permitted during a strike.

Pic is being overseen by Col exec veepee Matt Tolmach.

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