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pider-Man (2002 film) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search Spider-Man Spider-Man in his suit crawling over a building and looking towards the viewer. Below of him is New York City, the film's title, credits, and release date. Theatrical release poster Directed by Sam Raimi Screenplay by David Koepp Based on Spider-Man by Stan Lee Steve Ditko Produced by Laura Ziskin Ian Bryce Starring Tobey Maguire Willem Dafoe Kirsten Dunst James Franco Cliff Robertson Rosemary Harris Cinematography Don Burgess Edited by Bob Murawski Arthur Coburn Music by Danny Elfman Production companies Columbia Pictures Marvel Enterprises Laura Ziskin Productions Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing Release date April 29, 2002 (Mann Village Theater) May 3, 2002 (United States) Running time 121 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $139 million Box office $821.7 million Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Directed by Sam Raimi from a screenplay by David Koepp, it is the first installment in the Spider-Man trilogy, and stars Tobey Maguire as the titular character, alongside Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, and Rosemary Harris. The film centers on outcast teen genius Peter Parker who develops spider-like superhuman abilities after being bitten by a genetically-altered spider and decides to use his newfound powers to fight crime as Spider-Man. Development on a live-action Spider-Man film began in the 1980s. Filmmakers Tobe Hooper, James Cameron, and Joseph Zito were all attached to direct the film at one point. However, the project would languish in development hell due to licensing and financial issues. After progress on the film stalled for nearly 25 years, it was licensed for a worldwide release by Columbia Pictures in 1999 after it acquired options from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on all previous scripts developed by Cannon Films, Carolco, and New Cannon. Exercising its option on just two elements from the multi-script acquisition (a different screenplay was written by James Cameron, Ted Newsom, John Brancato, Barn