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Director Marc Webb may have a way to return to Spider-Man

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Marc Webb and the Spidey cast

When last we heard, director Marc Webb was encountering a few obstacles that lay in the way of his return to the Spider-Man franchise - namely, that Fox Searchlight claimed Webb still owed them one movie from a previous deal that had included (500) DAYS OF SUMMER.  He was given "a reprieve" to go and do Spider-Man, but considering both the pre-existing deal and the success of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Fox Searchlight is itching to get Webb back in its stable. 

And so something not far from a Devil's Deal, at least these days, has been offered to Webb: he can take the time to jump on a sequel to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, but in exchange he'll owe the studio two pictures instead of only one.  As the report states, "most in-demand directors don’t like locking themselves up that long."

I for one would love for Webb to return to the world he helped build, as I think it was his character/timing sensibilities which largely contributed to the movie being so much fun for me.  But another young voice would have its own advantages as well, especially if the studio were to be able to snag someone such as Rian Johnson.  Picking Webb shows that they were willing to think a bit outside the box once - perhaps they'd do so again.

Whatever happens THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN's sequel is already penciled in for a May 2014 release date, so Webb is going to have to act fast.

Extra Tidbit: This may have been already covered a bit in past comments, but: should a new director be necessary, who would you pick to replace Webb?
Source: The LA Times

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1:26PM on 07/31/2012

Amazing

I really enjoyed the Amazing Spider-Man, I welcome its sequel, and am very excited to see where they go with it. I really hope Webb does return...if he can't, who would be good follow up?? Hmm, that's tough...

This may sound stupid but what about Ben Affleck? If you think about it, he directed Gone Baby Gone, and Casey Affleck's character had that cocky, witty personality that Spiderman has...I don't think this would ever happen but it might be pretty cool. For some reason I have a
I really enjoyed the Amazing Spider-Man, I welcome its sequel, and am very excited to see where they go with it. I really hope Webb does return...if he can't, who would be good follow up?? Hmm, that's tough...

This may sound stupid but what about Ben Affleck? If you think about it, he directed Gone Baby Gone, and Casey Affleck's character had that cocky, witty personality that Spiderman has...I don't think this would ever happen but it might be pretty cool. For some reason I have a feeling that my liking this movie and my suggesting Ben Affleck is going to really get me blasted with thumbs down. Oh well, that'll teach me for having an opinion!! :-)
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6:45PM on 07/31/2012
Nothing wrong with liking a movie many others didn't. I liked the Amazing Spider-Man too even if i still fell it was unneccessary to reboot already. Also I can see Affleck doing a comic book film, he hasn't made a bad film yet.
Nothing wrong with liking a movie many others didn't. I liked the Amazing Spider-Man too even if i still fell it was unneccessary to reboot already. Also I can see Affleck doing a comic book film, he hasn't made a bad film yet.
1:44PM on 07/31/2012
Fox is either stupid trying to get a director off a possible blockbuster hit that would only help sell whatever pseudo-indie flick they are going to have him make, or their greedy and trying to leverage Webb's commitment into a bigger one since he may be in more demand. Either way its a sucky move
Fox is either stupid trying to get a director off a possible blockbuster hit that would only help sell whatever pseudo-indie flick they are going to have him make, or their greedy and trying to leverage Webb's commitment into a bigger one since he may be in more demand. Either way its a sucky move
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2:18PM on 07/31/2012
david Fincher!
david Fincher!
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2:43PM on 07/31/2012
I didn't think an indie studio like Searchlight would pull that contract trick, but it is FOX after all. I haven't yet seen the new Spidey movie, but I enjoyed the heck out of (500) Days of Summer--a lot more than I expected to, even with such charismatic leads--that I wouldn't be opposed to Webb returning to put his spin on some non-comic book properties for the company. Unless Tom Rothman decides to pull an RKO-on-Welles move, which is almost never for the better.
I didn't think an indie studio like Searchlight would pull that contract trick, but it is FOX after all. I haven't yet seen the new Spidey movie, but I enjoyed the heck out of (500) Days of Summer--a lot more than I expected to, even with such charismatic leads--that I wouldn't be opposed to Webb returning to put his spin on some non-comic book properties for the company. Unless Tom Rothman decides to pull an RKO-on-Welles move, which is almost never for the better.
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