Originally in 1986, he was hired by Cannon Films to re-write Ted Newsom's Spider-Man screenplay to accommodate the 8 million budget in which it made Joseph Zito quit the project, suggesting a new director. One of Cohen's ideas was written into the script: 1. Doctor Octopus is called Professor Ock, Octopus, or Octavius. 2. Octavius has a assistant by the name of "Weiner". 3. Octavius says "Okey-Dokey" many times in the script. 4. Octavius gets bitten by a Spider and claims himself to be the true Spider-Man 5. Weiner is Uncle Ben's killer.