Sony Pictures has announced that Marc Webb will be taking over the director’s chair for the upcoming Spider-Man 4. Filming will begin later this year and is set for a 2012 theatrical release.
This news comes after Sony Pictures decided to scrap everything they had planned for the next Spider-Man sequel just a week ago – which included pre-production effects that cost millions and many writers putting a lot of work into numerous drafts of the potential screenplay. Filming was supposed to begin early this year. There were many reasons for scrapping the project at that point, ranging from an unsatisfying script to director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire dropping out of the project. This all left Spider-Man fans everywhere wondering what was going to happen next.
The next installment is said to not be a sequel, but a reboot of the franchise. According to the Internet Movie Database, a script written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) has been completed and approved by Sony Pictures. Actors like Anne Hathaway and John Malkovich have been rumored to be attached to the project. As of who will be the next Peter Parker has yet to be determined.
Webb couldn’t be more excited about this new endeavor. “This is a dream come true and I couldn’t be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity,” Webb has been quoted saying. “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.”
Webb is mostly known for directing this past summer’s surprise hit (500) Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. It earned two Golden Globe nominations – including Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy. Not too shabby for his first feature film.
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