Spidey's Got a Brand New Webb

In an earlier post, I mentioned how Sony has decided to get rid of director Sam Raimi, as well as axe actors Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst and instead take the Spider Man franchise in a new direction. There was a rumor that James Cameron might be the replacement director. But even though he wrote a spec script for the film a while back, the odds of Cameron stepping in are slim at best.

Now according to Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood, it looks like Sony might be ready to tap Marc Webb to helm the project. Essentially a music video director, Webb's big claim to fame was last year's "500 Days of Summer" which was his first feature directing job. Does Sony really think this guy's got the sand to handle something as huge as Spider Man?

The logic according to Finke is that Webb knows what the kids want:

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.


C'mon folks, it's not reinventing the genre here. It's not that difficult to direct a movie for teens. What it takes is a solid story and that responsibility falls to Vanderbilt, not Webb. So to say that Webb's the right choice because he shot a teen movie and a handful of music videos is just silly.

And let's be honest here: Hollywood doesn't give a rats ass what the kids want. For the most part, the studios will do whatever they want and use creative marketing to MAKE the kids want it. Not the other way around.

With the new direction that Sony is taking, does this mean that the film will star a cast of pretty, young and talentless actors that no one has ever heard of before ala "Twilight?" Sure it's a great way to bring new faces to the forefront and spark up a fan base that has moved on in the five years since we've seen the web slinger on the big screen, but will it be the huge box-office blockbuster that Sony hopes it will be, or will it fizzle and die in glorious 3d because no one really cares about the character anymore?

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