Next Spider-Man director is...

It seems that supposed Spider-Man reboot has a director...

This comes from Moviehole.

Update! : Sony has made it official. Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, state in a media release, “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.”

Producers Avi Arad and Laura 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.”

Here's the Original Story :

As predicted, Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”) has inherited Sam Raimi’s director’s chair over on Sony’s next “Spider-Man”.

According to the ironically titled Vulture, Webb – who was one of half-a-dozen directors Amy Pascal and company were considering for the job – has signed to direct the next 3 films in the series.

Pascal apparently sees Webb as a modern-day Cameron Crowe, thus believing he’s the perfect man to bring angst-ridden Superhero Peter Parker [back] to cinemas.

‘’Webb’s other big appeal?’’, says Vulture, “He's much cheaper than the old Spider-Man crew. The deal just now being sewn up calls for Webb to be paid roughly $10 million for the first film, with substantial bonuses built in if the picture reaches certain box-office milestones.”

Unlike Raimi and original ‘Spidey’ Tobey Maguire – who were paid roughly 25% of the trilogy’s earnings – Webb won’t get a percentage of the film’s takings. Kinda rough.

Personally, I’m a little sad about this. “500 Days of Summer” was brilliant - one of the freshest, most original films of the year; no matter which way he spins it “Spider-Man” the Reboot isn’t going to be any of those things – especially fresh. I just think Webb has so much potential… and considering this is going to eat up the next ten years of his life, we’ll likely never see those other wonderful films he’s no doubt been toying with bringing to the big screen. There is one burst of colour at the end of the downpour though – Joseph Gordon-Levitt… Might he get to don the red tights of Spider-Man, now that his close friend and “500 Days” director Webb is directing the film? (doubtful, I know, since rumours seem to point to "Twilight" fave Taylor Lautner and music-midget Zac Efron, being the favourites to get a latex wedgie).
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