Confirmed: Marc Webb Directing Next Three Spider-Man Films
We first heard rumors a few weeks ago that Sony was looking at bringing on 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb to take over the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Well, NY Mag's Vulture is claiming that Sony will soon officially announce that Webb will be directing the next three movies in the freshly rebooted franchise. Apparently Sony's top production executive, Amy Pascal, totally loves Webb and really wants him for this because she "thinks he'd be perfect to explore the conflict within Parker." I certainly hope that's the case, and if there's anyone I have complete faith in to deliver an awesome Spider-Man movie, it's Webb.
As we know from the original news last week, this upcoming Spider-Man reboot will be an origin story and focus more on Peter Parker's high school years. Vulture also says that it "will focus far more on the private life of Peter Parker." Although that sounds like it's just a different way of saying that it'll be an origin story about his high school years. Either way, having Webb take over this franchise is some of the best news I've ever heard, especially because two weeks ago when this was originally announced, I was honestly expecting this reboot to just plain suck. Now I think it could even top Raimi's. I suppose we'll find out soon enough!
Update: Sony has just released an official press release confirming that Marc Webb has indeed been hired to direct "the next chapter in the Spider-Man franchise." But they don't say that he's signed on for all three. However, I don't think they will say that until the new one does well. Amy Pascal states: "The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker's life. We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter's shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man's adventure." Marc Webb also released this statement:
"This is a dream come true and I couldn't be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity. Sam Raimi's virtuoso rendering of Spider-Man is a humbling precedent to follow and build upon. The first three films are beloved for good reason. But I think the Spider-Man mythology transcends not only generations but directors as well. I am signing on not to 'take over' from Sam. That would be impossible. Not to mention arrogant. I'm here because there's an opportunity for ideas, stories, and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas, and creative voice to Spider-Man."
I know that 500 Days of Summer wasn't everyone's favorite movie from last year, but I do think Webb is a perfect fit for this, at least coming from what I saw him do in 500DOS. I can't wait to see Webb's version of Spider-Man. He's certainly capable of bringing us a great Spider-Man movie. Do you think he'll deliver?