Sony responded to the news with an upbeat press release in suspiciously quick fashion, as if they'd somehow anticipated this shocking turn of events:
"Culver City, CA (January 11, 2010) -- Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012. Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today they are moving forward with a film based on a script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises."
Well, thank goodness Sony is sticking with the same writer whose problematic Spider-Man 4 script caused the film's director and the star to quit the entire franchise.
You can read the rest of Sony's press release and more over at Deadline.com.