Marvel Screenwriter Alvin Sargent Has Died
Marvel screenwriter Alvin Sargent has died aged 92.
The Oscar-winning writer, who worked on the Spider-Man scripts, died in his Seattle home on Thursday.
Sargent, who won Oscars for Julia in 1978 and Ordinary People in 1981, worked on Spider-Man 2 in 2004, Spider-Man 3 in 2007 and did a re-write for 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man.
Tributes have begun to pour in for the screenwriter, who many in the industry say encouraged them to start writing:
There was no one better than Alvin Sargent. pic.twitter.com/lvtmw0R20w- Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) May 11, 2019
RIP Alvin Sargent. An exemplary screenwriter. Paper Moon, Ordinary People, and Spider-Man 2 are all, in their very different ways, master classes--tone-perfect, impeccably structured, witty, human, worth visiting and revisiting.- Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) May 11, 2019
His work on the Spider-Man scripts was widely praised, with the late movie critic Roger Ebert writing: "Now this is what a superhero movie should be. Spider-Man 2 believes in its story in the same way serious comic readers believe, when the adventures on the page express their own dreams and wishes.
"It's not camp and it's not nostalgia, it's not wall-to-wall special effects, and it's not pickled in angst. It's simply and poignantly a realistion that being Spider-Man is a burden that Peter Parker is not entirely willing to bear."
Sargent had a number of witty quotes attributed to him, including previously joking: "When I die, I'm going to have written on my tombstone, 'Finally, a plot.'"
Sargent's friend Pam Williams broke the news that he died and has said a memorial service will be held in Los Angeles. Instead of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to charity Stand Up to Cancer.
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