Director Already Weaving Next Spidey Tale
07/06/2004 AT 03:00 PM EDT
"We were working on it at the hotel last night and this morning," Sam Raimi, 44, tells the Associated Press in Tokyo, where he is laying the groundwork for the Japanese release of S-M 2. "But I don't know what is going to happen yet."
Already topping the 2002 original's first week box-office take with a record $180 million, the sequel, buoyed by positive reviews, is on track to set the speed record for grossing $200 million.
"The box office is just a surprise. I'm flabbergasted," says Raimi, who also admits to feeling the burden of repeating the success of the original movie. (Spider-Man made $820 internationally, the fifth highest-grossing film of all time.)
But, he also conceded, this time he wanted to present a strong story and create a hero with a "moral center. ... Spider-Man is a role model who children can look up to."
Says Raimi: "There was a lot of pressure, but I felt so much more pressure just to please the fans. We don't think about it as a big and loud production as much as a love story."