It’s official! Marc Webb will direct Sony’s rebooted ‘

‘ trilogy. Plus: ‘

‘ trailer, and a surprise guest returns. It’s your Comics2Film 10.1.20!

‘ show. O’Toole played Clark’s mother Martha Kent, who eventually left the farm (and the series) in its sixth seson after winning a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Ausiello reports that she’ll show up for a guest spot later this season, most likely fall during May sweeps. His sources also tell them that the episodes will feature an “unexpected surprise” or two. [Ed Note: Aren’t all surprises unexpected?]

‘? Here ya go…

Well, that was fast. It’s been just over a week since Sam Raimi on the lucrative ‘

‘ film franchise that he helped create. Now Sony has officially announced his replacement.

‘(500) Days of Summer’  director Marc Webb is the man who will bring a revamped web-slinger back to theaters in 2012. Webb’s name quickly rose to the top of the director candidate list .

The director will focus on James Vanderbilt’s already-written screenplay and will begin developing the concept with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, who ushered the Raimi trilogy into theaters.

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, said, „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.”

Arad and 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 (who apparently only spoke with one voice) 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.”

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, added, „I’m excited that Sony has chosen a director with a real penchant and understanding for the character.  This is a brave, bold direction for the franchise, and I can’t wait to see what Marc comes up with next.”

Added Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, „The idea of re-imagining the on-screen story for one of the world’s most iconic superheros is sure to deliver an exciting new dimension to Spider-Man fans everywhere.  There are volumes of comics and material available to inspire fresh and compelling takes on Peter Parker and his journey as Spidey and we look forward to seeing this come alive onscreen.”

What do you think, Maniacs? Is this an exciting new direction for SPIDER-MAN? Post your comments below…

‘ reboot? The folks who brought you the „I’m a Marvel/I’m a DC” series of videos are right there with you, offering a new clip with Spidey contemplating his fate…

Damn it why didn’t Sony give David Fincher the chance!?  Oh well at least the attention Webb gets will get people to watch 500 Days of Summer.  That film is delight!

I actually have hopes that the Spidey reboot will tie him closer to the other Marvel movies now.

I gotta say I am not down with this.  We have already had the origin story.  Whether you love Raimi’s Spidey or hate it why not just make a new movie with a different feel that picks up with Peter already established in New York as a photographer for the Bugle.  That way folks who want to see it as a reboot can have their reboot, those who see it as a sequel can see it as a sequel.  They can still take Spidey in a new direction without having to start over, and they run far less risk of being compared to Raimi’s that way (don’t get me wrong it would still be compared, but we’re talking peter parkers origin being flat out redone, they will have tackled the smae story basically).  Really can’t understand Sony’s thinking here.  We all love geeky high school student Peter Parker, but I think most of us love the more grown up, more self assured Peter much more.  That way we can skip the „Oh darn, I got a zit on prom night” stuff, and skip to Spidey kicking ass and taking names, wisecracking the whole time.  I think that is what the people that were sick of Raimi’s Spidey wanted.  Less love story, teenage angst, more Super Hero daring do.  End of rant… 

I agree with Chris, I hope this Spidey movie does tie into the other Marvel movies somehow, like Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk.

And I hope they keep the movie simple and realistic and fun. Not a lot of teen anguish to draw the Twilight crowd and not dark to make it like The Dark Knight.

And have Spider-Man actually enjoy what he’s doing: Saving lives and kicking bad-guy butt while trying to juggle a life. We don’t need a Spider-Man/Peter Parker who cries. We’ve seen enough of that.

so does this mean that Joesph-Gordon Levitt is the new Spider-Man/Peter Parker?  I could be done for that, just wish we weren’t having to sit through another origin story much less an Emo-twilight origin story.

ABSOLUTE JUSTICE!!!!  WOOOOHHHHHHOOOOOO!!!!

I doubt we’ll get an origin story, but more of a flashback sequence during the main credits like The Incredible Hulk. I liked the Hulk movie, and I thought the opening credits were fantastic. 20 years or so ago we might have gotten a reboot with the origin story, because the original Spider-Man movie may not have been seen by everyone. Today, with pay-per-view, DVDs and cable/broadcast TV showings nearly everyone who wants to see the movie has seen it. There’s no reason to re-do the origin story. Will they tweak the origin? Probably, but will do it within the confines of the story.

I like taking Peter back to high school. Although I loved Raimi’s films, I thought they missed out on a lot of the story that made the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man great by moving him out of high school too soon. I hope they get a young actor to play Peter who can grow during what I assume will be a three-picture series.

The thing that bothers me though is the director. Raimi stood up against some studio decisions during the production of the first two films. He mailed it in on Spider-Man 3. Will this young director be able to handle the pressures of making a tentpole studio film, maintaining the integrity of the characters to please a movie-going audience that knows the characters probably better than the director, and handling the studio suits who see the character as a chas cow and don’t really care about the audience’s „feelings.” I have some real doubts.

Well, wessmith basically just said what I was going to say.  So…. yeah. What he said.

No way on JGL as Peter Parker, would’ve been good back in his 10 Things I Hate About You age but now the guy is like 30 years old, if they taking Parker back to highschool then cast a kid or at least someone in the 20-22 bracket that looks like a teen.

Read the article on World Movie Magazine

Webb to Direct SPIDER-MAN Trilogy

It’s official! Marc Webb will direct Sony’s rebooted ‘

‘ trilogy. Plus: ‘

‘ trailer, and a surprise guest returns. It’s your Comics2Film 10.1.20!

‘ show. O’Toole played Clark’s mother Martha Kent, who eventually left the farm (and the series) in its sixth seson after winning a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Ausiello reports that she’ll show up for a guest spot later this season, most likely fall during May sweeps. His sources also tell them that the episodes will feature an “unexpected surprise” or two. [Ed Note: Aren’t all surprises unexpected?]

‘? Here ya go…

Well, that was fast. It’s been just over a week since Sam Raimi on the lucrative ‘

‘ film franchise that he helped create. Now Sony has officially announced his replacement.

‘(500) Days of Summer’  director Marc Webb is the man who will bring a revamped web-slinger back to theaters in 2012. Webb’s name quickly rose to the top of the director candidate list .

The director will focus on James Vanderbilt’s already-written screenplay and will begin developing the concept with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, who ushered the Raimi trilogy into theaters.

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, said, „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.”

Arad and 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 (who apparently only spoke with one voice) 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.”

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, added, „I’m excited that Sony has chosen a director with a real penchant and understanding for the character.  This is a brave, bold direction for the franchise, and I can’t wait to see what Marc comes up with next.”

Added Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, „The idea of re-imagining the on-screen story for one of the world’s most iconic superheros is sure to deliver an exciting new dimension to Spider-Man fans everywhere.  There are volumes of comics and material available to inspire fresh and compelling takes on Peter Parker and his journey as Spidey and we look forward to seeing this come alive onscreen.”

What do you think, Maniacs? Is this an exciting new direction for SPIDER-MAN? Post your comments below…

‘ reboot? The folks who brought you the „I’m a Marvel/I’m a DC” series of videos are right there with you, offering a new clip with Spidey contemplating his fate…

Damn it why didn’t Sony give David Fincher the chance!?  Oh well at least the attention Webb gets will get people to watch 500 Days of Summer.  That film is delight!

I actually have hopes that the Spidey reboot will tie him closer to the other Marvel movies now.

I gotta say I am not down with this.  We have already had the origin story.  Whether you love Raimi’s Spidey or hate it why not just make a new movie with a different feel that picks up with Peter already established in New York as a photographer for the Bugle.  That way folks who want to see it as a reboot can have their reboot, those who see it as a sequel can see it as a sequel.  They can still take Spidey in a new direction without having to start over, and they run far less risk of being compared to Raimi’s that way (don’t get me wrong it would still be compared, but we’re talking peter parkers origin being flat out redone, they will have tackled the smae story basically).  Really can’t understand Sony’s thinking here.  We all love geeky high school student Peter Parker, but I think most of us love the more grown up, more self assured Peter much more.  That way we can skip the „Oh darn, I got a zit on prom night” stuff, and skip to Spidey kicking ass and taking names, wisecracking the whole time.  I think that is what the people that were sick of Raimi’s Spidey wanted.  Less love story, teenage angst, more Super Hero daring do.  End of rant… 

I agree with Chris, I hope this Spidey movie does tie into the other Marvel movies somehow, like Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk.

And I hope they keep the movie simple and realistic and fun. Not a lot of teen anguish to draw the Twilight crowd and not dark to make it like The Dark Knight.

And have Spider-Man actually enjoy what he’s doing: Saving lives and kicking bad-guy butt while trying to juggle a life. We don’t need a Spider-Man/Peter Parker who cries. We’ve seen enough of that.

so does this mean that Joesph-Gordon Levitt is the new Spider-Man/Peter Parker?  I could be done for that, just wish we weren’t having to sit through another origin story much less an Emo-twilight origin story.

ABSOLUTE JUSTICE!!!!  WOOOOHHHHHHOOOOOO!!!!

I doubt we’ll get an origin story, but more of a flashback sequence during the main credits like The Incredible Hulk. I liked the Hulk movie, and I thought the opening credits were fantastic. 20 years or so ago we might have gotten a reboot with the origin story, because the original Spider-Man movie may not have been seen by everyone. Today, with pay-per-view, DVDs and cable/broadcast TV showings nearly everyone who wants to see the movie has seen it. There’s no reason to re-do the origin story. Will they tweak the origin? Probably, but will do it within the confines of the story.

I like taking Peter back to high school. Although I loved Raimi’s films, I thought they missed out on a lot of the story that made the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man great by moving him out of high school too soon. I hope they get a young actor to play Peter who can grow during what I assume will be a three-picture series.

The thing that bothers me though is the director. Raimi stood up against some studio decisions during the production of the first two films. He mailed it in on Spider-Man 3. Will this young director be able to handle the pressures of making a tentpole studio film, maintaining the integrity of the characters to please a movie-going audience that knows the characters probably better than the director, and handling the studio suits who see the character as a chas cow and don’t really care about the audience’s „feelings.” I have some real doubts.

Well, wessmith basically just said what I was going to say.  So…. yeah. What he said.

No way on JGL as Peter Parker, would’ve been good back in his 10 Things I Hate About You age but now the guy is like 30 years old, if they taking Parker back to highschool then cast a kid or at least someone in the 20-22 bracket that looks like a teen.

Read the article on World Movie Magazine

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