Sam Raimi’s mid-2000s Spider-Man film trilogy doesn’t seem to hold as much weight as it once did (partly because we’ve had so many great superhero films since then, and partly because Spider-Man 3 tarnished the trilogy’s legacy).

One aspect of the films that definitely still holds up and probably always will is J.K. Simmons’ performance as newspaper man J. Jonah Jameson. Simmons was easily one of the best parts of that trilogy and it’s hard to see his take on the character being topped … which is why there’s an active fan petition to get the actor back for next year’s Spider-Man reboot.

While walking the red carpet at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Saturday, Simmons was asked by Entertainment Weekly‘s Ashley Crossan to comment on a current fan petition requesting Sony and Marvel Studios to recast him as J. Jonah Jameson. Simmons was not so confident in the petition’s ability to actually accomplish anything though, stating, “That petition does not come from anybody that is in a position to actually do anything about it.” Crossan followed up by asking whether or not it he would even be interested in such a proposition and his response indicated not to rule him out.

“Dong those movies with Sam was one of the great joys of my career, and it was a super fun character…so I’ll never close the door on anything.”

Do you hear that, Marvel? Get Sam Raimi attached as an executive producer or something on Spider-Man and you just may get the definitive J. Jonah Jameson back!

(via: Comic Book)