I finally got the true story. Before Spider-Man 1 came out and before Raimi got in the director's chair, James Cameron was supposed to make an adaptation for Spider-Man. It was scheduled for a 1996 summer release. However unlike Raimi, Cameron did not want to do the origin story.
What it was based on?: The Night Gwen Stacy Died.
James Cameron wanted to do The Night Gwen Stacy Died story line. He wanted Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin as the main antagonist and wanted him to kill off Gwen Stacy just like the comics.
From What I've read of the script, it was very true to the comic. Like the comic it really shows how evil Norman Osborn really is. Let me give you a summary of the raimi films. Spider-Man 1 = Great. Spider-Man 2 = Boring and Overrated as Fuck. Spider-Man 3 = Just god awful and one of the worst movies. In my opinion this is just as good as Spider-Man 1 and far superior than 2 and 3. Cameron's choices were Edward Furlong (Who worked with Cameron in T2) as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Lance Henriksen (Who worked with Cameron in T1 and Aliens) as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin.
My thoughts on the casting.
Edward Furlong as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
My thoughts: An underrated teen actor of the 1990s. In my opinion he was a very talented actor and I think he would've blown Tobey Maguire out of the water. He would've captured the wise cracking personality of Spider-Man perfectly in my opinion. He even looks like Peter Parker in some ways. John Connor in some ways actually reminds of Peter in a lot of ways.
Lance Henriksen as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin.
Here's What The Green Goblin's Costume should've looked liked:
My Thoughts: I loved Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin. He rocked and nailed the role. Back in the 90s Henriksen would've been the perfect Norman Osborn. He played great bad guy roles such as Hard Target (1993) and Dead Man (1996). I can actually picture him having great chemistry with Furlong as well.
Drew Barrymore as Gwen Stacy.
My Thoughts: Not my first choice, but back in 1996 she would've worked. Who knows?
Leonardo Dicaprio as Harry Osborn.
My Thoughts: Again. Not my first choice. However he's actually kinda perfect. He's a terrific actor and surprising could have pulled off the tragic tortured character of Harry Osborn. I would've bought him and Furlong as friends and I absolutely would have bought him as Henriksen's son.
Nikki Cox as Mary Jane Watson.
My Thoughts: Why? Why didn't this happen. She would've been perfect. She's also much hotter than Kirsten Dunst. Now this is the real Mary Jane.
R. Lee Ermey as J. Jonah Jameson.
Note: JJJ plays a minor role.
Reason: I loved J.K. Simmons, but this casting is pure genius. Cameron must have read my mind. Ermey in my opinion would've been the perfect Jameson. I can actually picture him as yelling "Parker. Get your ass in my office." This is probably my favorite out of all the casting.
Do you love the idea or hate it? I would love to hear your thoughts.