Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I love Sam Raimi and I loved what he did with the first two SPIDER-MAN films but HATED everything about the third one so I can’t say I’m all that upset that he decided to leave the franchise behind. As more and more came out it sounded like Sony was trying to pigeon-hole him into making a movie he didn’t want to make just like with SPIDER-MAN 3 and that could only end in disaster. Honestly I’m REAL skeptical about what’s going on with the franchise and the idea that they’re already talking about rebooting it and that they seem more concerned with a release date than the final film, but at least a faint glimmer of hope has emerged amongst all the insanity.

It was announced today that Marc Webb will be taking over the reigns of the franchise. This is a name that probably doesn’t mean a whole lot to a lot of people and nor should it because the guy has only directed one movie. That one movie however was 500 DAYS OF SUMMER a film that I have fallen head over heels in love with. A SPIDER-MAN film needs to balance equal parts drama, humor, angst, fun and conflict and 500 DAYS OF SUMMER did all that and more.

Mind you this will only be Webb’s second feature film and there are hundreds of millions of dollars riding on it so there’s a pretty good chance the studio is going to walk all over him and we’ll get something more along the lines of WOLVERINE than say IRON MAN, but you never know. Webb’s shown he’s got the goods and while I would have loved to have seen Sony hand over the reigns to Joss Whedon ,who without the shadow of a doubt would make the single greatest SPIDER-MAN movie ever, they could have done a lot worse than Webb. Here’s hoping he can salvage this mess and turn in something truly remarkable. If you don’t think he has it in him then I HIGHLY recommend checking out 500 DAYS OF SUMMER and you’ll see my hope may not be so misplaced after all. And no matter what it could be worse. They could have hired Brett Ratner!

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