Marc Webb Might Take Over Sony's Spider-Man Franchise?
This could be awesome! In an update on the Spider-Man situation today, Nikki Finke reported that she's heard that 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb is at the very top of Sony's short list of directors that they want for the Spider-Man reboot. This is all very likely, especially because he's already had meetings with Sony about another project, Moneyball, and I'm sure someone there really liked 500 Days of Summer. Finke says "Webb met about the Spidey reboot with the pic's producers and executives looking to get the picture into production later this year for a Summer 2012 release." So he's not officially on board just yet.
They also say that they're starting shooting so early because "it's likely to be shot in 3-D, and Sony Pictures plans to make an announcement about that 'at the appropriate time.'" Of course! But let's get back to Webb, since there's more on him. Sony likes Webb a lot because 500DOS showed that he had a "grasp of how to depict the way young people think and feel. This is critical because the Jamie Vanderbilt script covers the formative years of a high school-aged Peter Parker, and that POV is as important as the action sequences." Plus they like getting some "new blood" in to take over instead of delivering the same old with Raimi again.
And speaking of the cast, if they do get Webb, can we hope that he casts Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Peter Parker? Because that would be perfect! And then I think even Brandon would like the Spider-Man movies! We'll definitely keep you updated on this situation. And if Marc Webb does get the job, I may even be more excited than I was for Raimi to come back for Spider-Man 4. We'll let you know what happens - stay tuned!