James Franco has taken aim at the latest reboot of the "Spider-man" storyline this week.
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The 35-year-old actor penned a review of "Man of Steel" when he mentioned the other comic book films based on "Spider-Man."
Although Franco starred in 2002's "Spider-Man" directed by Sam Raimi, the actor took an issue with another "Spider-Man" being made so fast.
Explaining his background with comic-book films, Franco snidely differentiates between his version of "Spider-Man" and the latest version- "The Amazing Spider-Man" which stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
"I too have been in comic-book films- the Spider-Man trilogy directed by Sam Raimi," the actor penned in a piece for Vice. "I mention the director because this distinction is now necessary in the wake of the new Spider-Man series that arose even before there was time to bury the corpse of the old one and enshroud it in a haze of nostalgia."
While Franco clarifies that it is not the "Spider-Man" franchise being remade that offends him, it is why movie studios elected to reboot the franchise so quickly that strikes a nerve.
"The answer is, of course, money," the actor explained in his post to Vice. "We are in the film business, and the studios are owned by large corporations who want to make money."
As for "Man of Steel," Franco said it was "a great film."
Meanwhile, Franco is among the cast of Sylvester Stallone's thriller "Homefront," where he portrays an evil drug lord.
Best known for his role on the television series "Freaks and Geeks," and his portrayal of James Dean, the Stallone-penned film is a departure from Franco's usual projects.
The 34-year-old actor will be starring opposite Jason Statham in the new action thriller, according to Variety.
"Homefront" follows an ex-DEA agent Phil Broker, played by Statham, who moves his family into a new smaller town in order to start anew. When the supposedly quiet town turns out to be actually drug-ridden, Broker is forced to confront an "Evil drug magnate" named Gator (Franco).