Well that sure didn’t take long. After last week’s rumours about potential directors to take over the Spider-Man franchise, Sony has now confirmed that (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb has officially been handed the keys to the franchise. He had this to say about the opportunity:
“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.”
Sony went on to confirm that they wanted a director who could capture the “small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager” and give “real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man’s adventure”. I suppose from that point of view Webb should be a decent choice. Of course, it also means they can make a much cheaper Spider-Man flick. THR’s Heat Vision Blog is reporting that the budget will be $80 million and the cast will be relative unknowns. Inspiration for the new flick will come from Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s Ultimate Spider-Man comics. What do you think, are you excited about a fresh new start for Spider-Man? Is Marc Webb the right man for the job?