Here’s an interesting turn of events. Marc Webb, who directed the Golden Globe-nominated Best Picture “(500) Days of Summer,” is set to direct the next chapter in the “Spider-Man” franchise. I’ve heard that this next installment will be more of a reboot than a sequel to the previous three films.
So how will Webb, known mainly for directing “Summer,” as well as several music videos (Green Day and 3 Doors Down, among them), fare after Sam Raimi’s work on the previous three “Spider-Man” movies? Webb has an interesting take on it.
“This is a dream come true and I couldn’t be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity,” said Webb. “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.”
Good answer! Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, added, "I’m excited that Sony has chosen a director with a real penchant and understanding for the character. This is a brave, bold direction for the franchise, and I can’t wait to see what Marc comes up with next.”
Hmmm … I wonder if “brave, bold direction” could be translated as “What the heck is Marvel doing hiring a romantic comedy director to helm “Spider-Man”?
But hey, I’m excited to see where it goes, because I feel like the franchise needs a serious reboot. Something bold and brave!
Image: Sony Pictures Entertainment; Source: Coming Soon