Spider-Man Reboot Might Already Have New Director

January 14, 2010

Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise hasn't even gone cold, and Sony has already lined up a possible director to take over the reins of the reboot.

Marc Webb, the director of 500 Days of Summer, is being seriously looked at by the company as the right man for the job. Deadline/Hollywood once again has the scoop on this one, reporting that Sony would be taking a risk on the director, if only because he doesn't have any experience shooting in 3D. Then again, who does?

Webb met about the Spidey reboot with the pic's producers and executives looking to get the picture into production later this year for a Summer 2012 release. Why will the pic take so long? Because it's likely to be shot in 3D, and Sony Pictures plans to make an announcement about that "at the appropriate time". ...What has Sony execs excited is the fact that (500) Days of Summer introduced a director with a grasp of how to depict the way young people think and feel. This is critical because the Jamie Vanderbilt script covers the formative years of a high school-aged Peter Parker...

It seems unlikely that Sony's going to be able to get all its ducks in a row in time to start shooting the reboot to Spider-Man this year, but then again James Vanderbilt's script is ready to go. Stranger things have happened.

It looks like Webb hit the jackpot with 500 Days of Summer. If he gets signed to be the next director of the Spider-Man franchise, well, Christopher Nolan can tell him how awesome that can be.

But what about an A-list director like Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, or J.J. Abrams? Would you feel more comfortable with a heavy-hitter in the director's chair, or does it makes sense that a young man should direct a movie about a young man who becomes a superhero?

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