Vulture’s Claude Brodesser-Akner had the earliest confirmation that (500) DAYS OF SUMMER director Marc Webbhas been signed on for the Spider-Man reboot, which is expected to “focus far more on the private life of Peter Parker” — not only that but he’s wayyyyy cheaper than the Raimi team.
Webb, whose (500) Days scored a Golden Globe nomination and whose name seems to have predestined him for this job, has long been a favorite of Columbia chairman Amy Pascal. We’re told that last year she very nearly hired him to direct the adaptation of Michael Lewis’s Moneyball after she pulled the plug on Steven Soderbergh three days before shooting. She ultimately chose Bennett Miller (Capote), thinking that Moneyball might be hurt by Webb’s whimsical style, but she views him as a latter-day Cameron Crowe for the economically and socially angsty Generation Y, and thinks he’d be perfect to explore the conflict within Parker.
Splash Page caught Webb on the Golden Globes carpet, holding an umbrella as is this year’s fashion, and Webb, whose background is in videos for bands such as Green Day, waxed enthusiastic about Ultimate Spidey, so he’s quickly learning the territory. Deadline has the PR:
Webb 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.”
As Deadline commenters point out, it’s another studio attempt to put a young director with a few indie-ish successes on a superhero, as they did with Bryan Singer on the X-franchise, which worked out great, and Gavin Hood on the Wolverine movie, which didn’t.