January 20th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

'(500) Days of Summer' director takes on 'Spider-Man' sequel

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The studio behind the “Spider-Man” franchise wanted to go in a new direction for the fourth installment of the series and it looks like they chose the right director to shake things up. 

“(500) Days of Summer” director Marc Webb has been tapped to make the film following the recent decision to reboot the series rather than continue with Tobey Maguire’s Spidey. Sony Pictures CEO Amy Pascal said that they picked Webb because of his past success with capturing actors' emotions on the big screen.

"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," Pascal said in a statement released on Tuesday. "We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey."

The new installment, expected to hit theaters in 2012 will flash back to Peter Parker in high school just as he is discovering the extent of his powers.
 
He may be a little long in the tooth for the role, but we wonder how “Summer’s” Joseph Gordon-Levitt would look in some red spandex. 

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  1. styrch

    Totally do not see a need to reboot this series yet. Too many ways to continue with the current franchise. Why??? This is ridiculous.

    January 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. puppy0134

    i was really looking forward to seeing spiderman 4 with carnage

    January 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chad

    Reboot?
    Oh, for ...Just stop. Hollywood, please, stop. I have to go with Steve on this. Do something original. If the franchise is broken beyond repair (which in my opinion thanks to Spiderman 3 this one is) let it go. Do something else.

    And the sheep of the world will flock to see it encouraging more reboots. I blame J.J. Abrahms.

    January 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Donnie Smith

    I think the the whole idea of a spider-man reboot is stupid. the franchise with tobey mcguire was still fresh. I do not see how you can go any further into peter parker's life in highschool and how he got his powers when this was shown in the first movie. I guess studio execs are looking at the sucesses of star trek and the x-men movies inparticular with wolverine. Still star trek had been around longer than spider-man on the big screen , and wolverine was a character that really they di not delve into that much in the x-men movies, so wolverine made sense , because it gave audiences insight into how he became wolverine, and the goverment's role in the development of the character. I just don't see that with the direction sony is taking on the new spider-man movie.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve in PA

    "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"

    Wow, I could have sworn I already saw that movie, because it sounds just like the plot to the 1st Spider-Man movie. Except this time, it will be with a whole group of unknown actors. Way to think outside the box and do something Original and Unique.

    They had 2 good movies and the 3rd one sucked. So instead of fixing what was broken, bad plot, changing origins of villains, they just decide to start over from scratch and expect that everyone will pack the theaters to see a reboot.

    Sounded like a bad idea the other week and it sounds even worse now. Just chalk this up to the other reboot movie I'm not planning on seeing when released. (Karate Kid, the other bad idea)

    January 20, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |

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