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Spider-Man 4 – Marc Webb confirmed to direct it

Posted by LiveFor on January 20, 2010

Marc Webb was rumoured to be directing the reboot then Nimrod Antal’s name was also mentioned. Today Sony have released the following press release confirming Marc Webb will direct the next Spider-Man film. Could this mean Joseph Gordon Levitt has a better chance of being Spidey?

Marc Webb, the director of the Golden Globe nominated Best Picture (500) Days of Summer, will direct the next chapter in the Spider-Man franchise, set to hit theaters summer 2012, it was jointly announced today by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.

Written by James Vanderbilt, Webb will work closely with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin in developing the project, which will begin production later this year.

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, said, “At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world. 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. We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey.”

Arad and Ziskin added jointly, “Over the years, the Spider-Man comics have been told with bold and creative new writers and artists who have re-calibrated the way audiences see Peter Parker. Marc Webb will do for the new direction of the films what so many visionary storytellers have done with the comic books. He is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we look forward to working closely with him on this new adventure.”

Webb said, “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.”

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.”

Added Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, “The idea of re-imagining the on-screen story for one of the world’s most iconic superheros is sure to deliver an exciting new dimension to Spider-Man fans everywhere. There are volumes of comics and material available to inspire fresh and compelling takes on Peter Parker and his journey as Spidey and we look forward to seeing this come alive onscreen.”

Marc Webb has won acclaim with his film debut (500) Days of Summer. He has several MTV VMAs™ including 2009’s Best Director award for Green Day’s “21 Guns,” 2006 Best Rock Video for AFI’s “Miss Murder,” and Best Group Video for The All-American Rejects’ “Move Along.” The Music Video Production Association honored him in 2006 as the Director of the Year for his work with Weezer, AAR, and My Chemical Romance.

How do you feel about the news? As I’ve said before he will no doubt be good at the Peter Parker scenes but what about the action stuff?

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Source: Deadline

3 Responses to “Spider-Man 4 – Marc Webb confirmed to direct it”

  1. pat said

    i just heard about this first time but apparently there is a big broadway(!) production for spidey underway Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. the musiical [arRrarrrahhGGGhh!!] its big bono from U2 is involved and evan rachel wood as well, among others.
    apparently jim sturgess is set to play spidey in that.

    so rumors flyin round hollywood that he has also JUST been offered role in this new reboot. seems likely me thinks.

    • liveforfilms said

      That Spidey musical has been off and on for the past few months and the opening date just gets pushed back and back.

      HeyUGuys picked up on Sturgess’s mate and co-star, Noel Clarke (Heartless), tweeting that Jim had been offered the role.

      Noel Clarke, to actor Arnold Oceng in which he stated, “Got inside track. jim sturgess has bin offered the new spiderman in spiderman reboot, U know I always get da inside scoop.” This was written two days ago and when asked if what he said was true, Oceng replied, “Of course it is.”

    • liveforfilms said

      Also forgot to mention, but someone called Reeve Carney is supposedly down to play Peter Parker in the musical. However, looks as if nothing has been officially confirmed.

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