Well this is interesting – and kind of amusing. ‘Digital Spy’ have an article up which is about the Spider-Man films that almost got off the ground when Cannon Films got their hands on the Marvel property back in the mid-1980s. One of those unmade projects was to be directed by The Texas Chain Saw Massacre‘s Tobe Hooper, who was at the time working on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Cannon actually commissioned a script from Leslie Stevens [The Outer Limits] which was a dark, not to mention bizarre, take on the premise, and went after Hooper to direct! Apparently:
“In this new version, instead of being bitten by a radioactive spider, Parker was deliberately bombarded with radiation by a corporate scientist – named Doctor Zork – who transforms the ID photographer [not student, or journalist] into a giant eight-armed spider-hybrid, who’s so monstrous he swiftly becomes suicidal. This man-spider is encouraged to lead the scientist’s race of mutants [shades of The Island Of Dr Moreau], but refuses and fights the creations instead.”
Well, it’s hardly Spider-Man as we know him, but it could have made for a fun movie nonetheless. We can thank [or blame] Stan Lee for this version not going before the cameras, as he rejected it outright – which is not a surprise!