Kathryn Bigelow turned down ‘Spider-Man,’ and other Oscar-winner project tidbits

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Those who enjoyed watching Jeff Bridges woo his way through the Oscars or Christoph Waltz waterboard another metaphor during his acceptance speech will see a lot more of both actors in the coming months -- they each have big movies coming out in December (‘Green Hornet’ for Waltz and ‘True Grit’ and ‘Tron Legacy’ for Bridges).

For the rest the Oscar class of 2010, we may have to wait awhile. Sandra Bullock is taking her time deciding on a new project -- she’s contemplating a legal comedy called ‘Bobbie Sue’ that once had Cameron Diaz involved, but she has made no firm decisions. She in all likelihood won’t have a movie coming out in 2010 (of course, she could not have a movie in 2011 either and still be considered prolific after her output this year).

On the ‘Precious’ side, Geoffrey Fletcher is said by people who know him to want to go back to directing (which is how he began his career). He has a handful of possible movies he’s contemplating but is on nothing that’s ready to go. Mo’Nique is pretty much going to stick with the talk-show thing for the time being; she’s got no film projects lined up. (For a photo gallery of the winners and what they are -- or aren’t doing -- next, please visit The Envelope’s collection here.)

Perhaps the most interesting tidbit comes out of ‘The Hurt Locker’ camp, where sources say that Kathryn Bigelow was offered the Spider-Man reboot but turned it down. The mind dances at how she would have put her stamp on the franchise and how her version might look different from Marc Webb’s (cue easy Sandman joke, and maybe tense web-dismantling scenes). Instead her next project will likely be her reteaming with Mark Boal on ‘Triple Frontier.’ The Paramount film is an adventure story set on the border of several South American counties. Boal is still working on the script, and judging by the early word, it is kind of a Spanish-language variation, of a sort, on their previous collaboration. So a movie we should perhaps dub ‘Taquilla de Dolor.’


--Steven Zeitchik