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Marc Webb tops Spider-Man reboot directorial candidates

Jan. 14, 2010by: George Merchan

Like it or not, the Spidey reboot is happening. And now Deadline Hollywood's Mike Fleming is reporting that among a long list of rumored directors, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER helmer Marc Webb is sitting at the top to take over the franchise. And believe me, I've been wracking my brain for the last five minutes trying to come up with a doozy of a Spider/Webb joke. I have failed.

Nevertheless, Webb is the top candidate coming off the strong critical success of his aforementioned debut feature film. And though the move might seem a bit surprising at first, it actually makes perfect sense when you take into account what the studio is trying to now do with the franchise.

From Deadline Hollywood: "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, and that POV is as important as the action sequences."

The good news to take from this is that it seems Sony is at least interested in making the non-action stuff work. Now whether Webb is actually the guy to make that come to fruition is I think still highly debatable. Because he's new, he'll be someone that the studio can still control. Forget about the James Camerons and the Michael Bays. Their price tags and their Nazi-like rule of their sets kind of defeats the purpose of what the studio wants in the first place. So a directorial choice like this is definitely what we should be expecting.

And of course, this is going to bring about talk of Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the titular hero. Here's the thing - he's about to turn 29 years old. Sure he looks young and could definitely play younger, but this is a Spider-Man focused on Peter Parker's formative high school years. And what's more, I think Levitt is just outside the age group appeal for whom this film seems to be targeting. Think TWILIGHT.

If I had to pick a Spidey, I'd go with Anton Yelchin.
Extra Tidbit: Surprise! They're probably gonna shoot this in 3-D.

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8:52PM on 01/14/2010
Lets just say this with all the money that sam brought in with those three films why would you go and change it. Marvel has had sooooo much bad luck with movies from daredevil to ghostrider. Now your gonna go and change spider man bad idea but I will say i do agree with this guys pick for spider man Anton Yelchin. He is an amazing actor!
Lets just say this with all the money that sam brought in with those three films why would you go and change it. Marvel has had sooooo much bad luck with movies from daredevil to ghostrider. Now your gonna go and change spider man bad idea but I will say i do agree with this guys pick for spider man Anton Yelchin. He is an amazing actor!
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8:38PM on 01/14/2010
OMG this will be an epic fail, what is sony thinking, please sell the rights back to Marvel ASAP!
OMG this will be an epic fail, what is sony thinking, please sell the rights back to Marvel ASAP!
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8:37PM on 01/14/2010

ugh...

They really need to just leave the project alone... for now atleast. They already have a handful of movies to do, unless they all go into development hell then do it but otherwise wait twenty years... yes they will make bank but their just going to piss alot of people off by rushing this.. I think James cameron back in the 90's would have been great and still would be but thats unlikely to happen now
They really need to just leave the project alone... for now atleast. They already have a handful of movies to do, unless they all go into development hell then do it but otherwise wait twenty years... yes they will make bank but their just going to piss alot of people off by rushing this.. I think James cameron back in the 90's would have been great and still would be but thats unlikely to happen now
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6:34PM on 01/14/2010
i swear if Sony goes the Twilight route ill defile and send my crap in the mail to Sony. as for Gordon-Levitt i dont know if he is willing to do it since he already has CC in Gi Joe and Anton has both Chekov in Star Trek and Kyle Reese in Terminator and i dont know if i can really see him as Peter Parker/Spider-Man...*ugh*
i swear if Sony goes the Twilight route ill defile and send my crap in the mail to Sony. as for Gordon-Levitt i dont know if he is willing to do it since he already has CC in Gi Joe and Anton has both Chekov in Star Trek and Kyle Reese in Terminator and i dont know if i can really see him as Peter Parker/Spider-Man...*ugh*
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6:10PM on 01/14/2010
I would definitely watch a Spiderman directed by Webb just out curiousity, but in the unlikely event that Levitt is cast, I'll be so disappointed. That dude has Oscars to win and he's past the point in his career where he needs a big role like this to start getting meatier ones.
I would definitely watch a Spiderman directed by Webb just out curiousity, but in the unlikely event that Levitt is cast, I'll be so disappointed. That dude has Oscars to win and he's past the point in his career where he needs a big role like this to start getting meatier ones.
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4:19PM on 01/14/2010
I think Webb could be out of his element with tackling a big budget franchise, but Joseph Gordon Levitt could be awesome. And even though Im not a big fan, Shia Lebouf could work too, he's got the smart ass schtick down better than Maguire could.
I think Webb could be out of his element with tackling a big budget franchise, but Joseph Gordon Levitt could be awesome. And even though Im not a big fan, Shia Lebouf could work too, he's got the smart ass schtick down better than Maguire could.
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1:05PM on 01/14/2010

I'm all for a new spidey team...

but I am not down with doing another origin story. If I have to see spiderman in high school, they should just start the movie with him already having his powers similar to the first batman movie where bruce wayne was already batman in the opening scene.
but I am not down with doing another origin story. If I have to see spiderman in high school, they should just start the movie with him already having his powers similar to the first batman movie where bruce wayne was already batman in the opening scene.
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1:00PM on 01/14/2010
Man, I just don't know about this. Couldn't they bring in someone who has a little more experience? Spider-Man is kind of a big deal and I'm just not sure I can trust this guy. Yeah, (500) days of summer was good...but now he gets Spider-Man? Just doesn't seem like a good fit to me.
Man, I just don't know about this. Couldn't they bring in someone who has a little more experience? Spider-Man is kind of a big deal and I'm just not sure I can trust this guy. Yeah, (500) days of summer was good...but now he gets Spider-Man? Just doesn't seem like a good fit to me.
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12:48PM on 01/14/2010

I Love This...

I love the fact that hey may be directing because "(500) Days of Summer", was an amazing movie and he did an awesome job directing it. The movie "(500) Days of Summer", was the best movie of the year for me and it has become one of my top five movies of all time as well. The only way to make this movie even better IS TO CAST Joseph Gordon Levitt as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. NOT ANTON YELCHIN.
I love the fact that hey may be directing because "(500) Days of Summer", was an amazing movie and he did an awesome job directing it. The movie "(500) Days of Summer", was the best movie of the year for me and it has become one of my top five movies of all time as well. The only way to make this movie even better IS TO CAST Joseph Gordon Levitt as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. NOT ANTON YELCHIN.
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11:30AM on 01/14/2010

OK...

Just because his last name is Webb doesn't neccessarily mean he needs to direct the film...stop trying to tie in the film with his name Sony! what a crock!
Just because his last name is Webb doesn't neccessarily mean he needs to direct the film...stop trying to tie in the film with his name Sony! what a crock!
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11:12AM on 01/14/2010

Really?

I mean, I haven't seen 500 days of Summer yet, but it seems strange to me that Sony is considering trusting a multi-billion dollar franchise to a guy whose only made ONE FILM and has ZERO action experience.
I mean, I haven't seen 500 days of Summer yet, but it seems strange to me that Sony is considering trusting a multi-billion dollar franchise to a guy whose only made ONE FILM and has ZERO action experience.
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11:04AM on 01/14/2010

man i cant believe the love for

that Yelchin kid, he is horrible. Kid can do a russian accent, big friggen deal.
that Yelchin kid, he is horrible. Kid can do a russian accent, big friggen deal.
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10:54AM on 01/14/2010
Also off topic - There's a great interview about Captain America AND Jurassic Park 4 over at Rotten Tomatoes.
Also off topic - There's a great interview about Captain America AND Jurassic Park 4 over at Rotten Tomatoes.
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10:53AM on 01/14/2010
Also off topic - There's a great interview about Captain America AND Jurassic Park 4 over at Rotten Tomatoes.
Also off topic - There's a great interview about Captain America AND Jurassic Park 4 over at Rotten Tomatoes.
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10:50AM on 01/14/2010
It's being rebooted, can't change that. So Marc Webb you better do a kick ass job if you're hired. AS you did with the best film of the year last year. I think Levitt can certainly pull this off if let's say the second script jumps a year ahead in time.
It's being rebooted, can't change that. So Marc Webb you better do a kick ass job if you're hired. AS you did with the best film of the year last year. I think Levitt can certainly pull this off if let's say the second script jumps a year ahead in time.
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8:27AM on 01/14/2010
think twilight? go punch yourself in the face george. or stop doing it. epic garbage.
think twilight? go punch yourself in the face george. or stop doing it. epic garbage.
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6:17PM on 01/14/2010
Hahaha. Dude, think about it. If the studio has gone this far with this franchise, it means all they care about is the money. The bottom line. TWILIGHT, as epically gay and shitty as it is, made tons of money because there is an audience for it. So what do "Bottom Line" business people do? They replicate formulas in hopes of also making tons of money. Whatever's hot right now, they're going to latch on to. I guarantee you, sadly, that TWILIGHT has crossed these guys' minds. Frankly, I
Hahaha. Dude, think about it. If the studio has gone this far with this franchise, it means all they care about is the money. The bottom line. TWILIGHT, as epically gay and shitty as it is, made tons of money because there is an audience for it. So what do "Bottom Line" business people do? They replicate formulas in hopes of also making tons of money. Whatever's hot right now, they're going to latch on to. I guarantee you, sadly, that TWILIGHT has crossed these guys' minds. Frankly, I don't get why they don't replicate TDK. And maybe they will after all is said and done. There is that "darker" script that the studio apparently has in its back pocket afterall...
6:32PM on 01/14/2010
...ing to latch onto. And it's unfortunate because I can guarantee you that you that the money people have at least thought about TWILIGHT. What they should be thinking of is TDK, though. And maybe they are after all is said and done. There is that "darker" script the studio apparently has in their back pocket.
...ing to latch onto. And it's unfortunate because I can guarantee you that you that the money people have at least thought about TWILIGHT. What they should be thinking of is TDK, though. And maybe they are after all is said and done. There is that "darker" script the studio apparently has in their back pocket.
7:38AM on 01/14/2010
I like the idea of Webb directing, but don't EVER, EVER, EVER mention Twilight and Spider-man in the same article AGAIN.
I like the idea of Webb directing, but don't EVER, EVER, EVER mention Twilight and Spider-man in the same article AGAIN.
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7:28AM on 01/14/2010
P.S. What's more of a disaster right now: NBC with their decision to try and get rid of Conan in favor of Leno, or Sony for their decision to get rid of Raimi in favor of a reboot?
P.S. What's more of a disaster right now: NBC with their decision to try and get rid of Conan in favor of Leno, or Sony for their decision to get rid of Raimi in favor of a reboot?
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7:24AM on 01/14/2010
Don't make the reboot unless Marvel Studios are the ones making it. Why the hell isn't Disney stepping in and buying the rights back? I'm sure this reboot idea wasn't part of the agreement when Marvel sold the rights back to them post Spider-Man 3. If Disney owns Marvel, they have to realize that this is going to hurt them in the long run when they get the rights back in 5 years or so.
Don't make the reboot unless Marvel Studios are the ones making it. Why the hell isn't Disney stepping in and buying the rights back? I'm sure this reboot idea wasn't part of the agreement when Marvel sold the rights back to them post Spider-Man 3. If Disney owns Marvel, they have to realize that this is going to hurt them in the long run when they get the rights back in 5 years or so.
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12:39PM on 01/14/2010
Disney isn't stepping in and buying the rights back because Sony isn't selling the rights
Disney isn't stepping in and buying the rights back because Sony isn't selling the rights
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7:18AM on 01/14/2010

JESSE EISENBERG

If they fail with this film then we won't see Spidey for a while.
I think to reboot Fantastic 4 or Daredevil is a good idea but I'm not too hip about this. Now if it HAS to happen, I'm a bitch for Marc Webb and I think Jesse Eisenberg would be a perfect fit. What say you ?
If they fail with this film then we won't see Spidey for a while.
I think to reboot Fantastic 4 or Daredevil is a good idea but I'm not too hip about this. Now if it HAS to happen, I'm a bitch for Marc Webb and I think Jesse Eisenberg would be a perfect fit. What say you ?
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6:22AM on 01/14/2010
Come on Marvel, buy it back!
Come on Marvel, buy it back!
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6:17AM on 01/14/2010

this makes sense...

not being a fan of the raimi spider-mans (although 1 & particularly part 2 hd its fair share of great moments), I'm glad we'll get a new version of spider-man. like I said before, I would love to see them make various story-lines by different directors... released a year apart from each-other even. whatever it would take to make that happen really... same for batman and other characters.
not being a fan of the raimi spider-mans (although 1 & particularly part 2 hd its fair share of great moments), I'm glad we'll get a new version of spider-man. like I said before, I would love to see them make various story-lines by different directors... released a year apart from each-other even. whatever it would take to make that happen really... same for batman and other characters.
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6:14AM on 01/14/2010
Fuck Spider-Man. Yes it's Sony's cash cow franchise. So that's why there is so much kurfuffle over it. There is no way high school Peter Parker can work as smoothly as the original film. But if it did... Anton Yelchin has had great luck with roles lately. I mean, Pavel Chekov and Kyle Reese? He's already got two awesome franchises on his back. I'd definitely get behind him for this one.
Fuck Spider-Man. Yes it's Sony's cash cow franchise. So that's why there is so much kurfuffle over it. There is no way high school Peter Parker can work as smoothly as the original film. But if it did... Anton Yelchin has had great luck with roles lately. I mean, Pavel Chekov and Kyle Reese? He's already got two awesome franchises on his back. I'd definitely get behind him for this one.
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5:48AM on 01/14/2010

JAMES CAMERON

Pay him whatever he wants, he should be the only choice.
Pay him whatever he wants, he should be the only choice.
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5:29AM on 01/14/2010
I give it 2 films before they reboot it yet again. Hollywood needs to stop being run by complete and utter penises.

Or is that peni? Don't care, they're dicks either way you look at it.
I give it 2 films before they reboot it yet again. Hollywood needs to stop being run by complete and utter penises.

Or is that peni? Don't care, they're dicks either way you look at it.
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4:37AM on 01/14/2010
When news broke that they were rebooting the franchise without the original cast or crew I was morbidly curious to see what the outcome would be. Now I just don't care. It all just seems like a hot clusterfuck of a mess at Sony right now, and I have no interest in seeing a Spiderman movie that's in any way even remotely influenced by that Twilight faggotry.
When news broke that they were rebooting the franchise without the original cast or crew I was morbidly curious to see what the outcome would be. Now I just don't care. It all just seems like a hot clusterfuck of a mess at Sony right now, and I have no interest in seeing a Spiderman movie that's in any way even remotely influenced by that Twilight faggotry.
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4:36AM on 01/14/2010
The decision for Webb makes sense when they clarify it. I mean he did capture the realism of romance and breaks up and didn't once turn his debut in to maudlin sentimental cliche crap. He seems to know how to conduct the mind of the young adult and I think this will work. This rumor fills me with some confidence. It signals that maybe Sony won't make story and characterization secondary to explosions and epic battles. As who I'd actually like to see as young Spidey, I'm still in the mind set
The decision for Webb makes sense when they clarify it. I mean he did capture the realism of romance and breaks up and didn't once turn his debut in to maudlin sentimental cliche crap. He seems to know how to conduct the mind of the young adult and I think this will work. This rumor fills me with some confidence. It signals that maybe Sony won't make story and characterization secondary to explosions and epic battles. As who I'd actually like to see as young Spidey, I'm still in the mind set that they should go with an unknown young actor and mold him with the new franchise. Who knows, maybe Webb and co. can do what Sam Raimi couldn't.
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