It’s Official: Marc Webb to Direct Spider-Man Reboot

It’s official, boys and girls, indie director Marc Webb (whose previous credits include — er, I mean, whose feature film credit begins and ends with the romantic comedy “500 Days of Summer”) has signed on to direct the “Spider-Man” reboot. Webb’s name surfaced last week with reports that he was “talking” to “Spider-Man” producers about the gig. I guess now we know that that talk apparently went very well. So while Webb getting the gig isn’t too much of a shock, it’s still a shocker, if you know what I mean. Next stop: looking for a Peter Parker replacement. Since the reboot is going back to high school, Tobey Maguire is out of the question. What is he now, 35?

Besides starting fresh with a new director, the idea behind the reboot will be to “re-introduce” Spider-Man and Peter Parker to the audience. Because, you know, it’s been sooooooooooo long ago since he was first introduced. What’s it been, a century? Something like that. And whereas Sam Raimi used inspiration from the comic books to make his three “Spider-Man” movies, Webb will be working more from the “Ultimate Spider-Man” character that was introduced a few years ago by Brian Michael Bendis, which “re-imagined” a new Spider-Man that has to deal with teen problems like school and girlfriends as well as superpowered bad guys. Yay for more teen-centric stories about high schools and girlfriends. Bleh.

The studio is also looking to produce the film on an $80 million dollar budget, a heck of a lot less than the oodles and oodles Sam Raimi wanted to make his “Spider-Man 4″, at least according to some reports. An unknown actor will be cast as Peter Parker, which should also cut down on the cost.

The studio is looking at a 2012 release date for “Spider-Man: The CW Years”.

Ultimate Spider-Man kinda looks like regular Spider-Man, save for the black dude playing Nick Fury.



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  • ulik

    Well the black dude playing Nick Fury is way more interesting than your overdone and cliched middle aged white dude playing Nick Fury. Anyway, I’m tired of Sony and I’m tired of Fox! All they had to do is take over from where Riami left off with a new cast and director but go in a better direction. A total reboot is not needed here. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE PETER PARKER BACK IN HIGH SCHOOL AGAIN!! WE JUST SAW THAT ALREADY!! WE DON’T NEED TO SEE ANOTHER ORIGIN STORY AGAIN!!!! DAMN!!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Well I’ll agree on the origin story part. I’m hoping they skip it, and start several months later and introduce him to his first superpowered villain. And I’m hoping we can finally get the Lizard. As for Peter in HS, it’s never been covered really. In the first movie he was in HS for what, 15 minutes and then that was over.Hell even the cartoons had him in college for most shows, but SPectacular Spiderman has done an amazing job at showing him in HS and kept it entertaining. Ultimate Spiderman did a good job as well. It’d keep all non superhero subplots rather simple, and not worry about him pining over MJ all the time. Maybe we’ll finaly get a relationship that doesn’t feel forced. Also here’s a chance to actually do something with the supporting cast.

      Picking up where Raimi left off with a new cast would be jarring, as we’re just supposed to except all these new faces as the ones we previously knew. It’d be like if you r favorite show just changed it’s cast but you’re supposed to just deal. So a new cast, new director should have a new world to play in. Sony is very STUPID but hey why sink money into somethingthat just isn’t doing as well as you’d want AND dealing with creative differences when you can just wait a bit and start over. I’m just hoping they DON’T try and make it a teen drama, and actually bring back the things that were lost in the franchise like SPidey’s humor, his intelligence, and the sense of fun and wonder of the character and world. Everything was just so “blah” in the movies, I want to actually like the characters not just the action. I say keep the supporting cast and give me new leads.

    • Roch

      haha.. remember DAVID HASSELHOFF as Nick Fury? LOL epic phail

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        Trying not to. I’m still trying to figure out how that came about.

        “Hey let’s make a tv movie about Nick Fury!”
        “Sure but um, who do we get? I mean it’s Nick Fury, badass agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. We definitely have to do this better than when we designed Daredevil for that Incredible Hulk TV movie.”
        *Snaps fingers* “Sweet Christmas I think I’ve got it. David Hasslehoff. He’s hot right now with the whole Baywatch/Baywatch Nights thing. Plus he was MICHAEL FREAKING KNIGHT! Who better to play Fury?!?”
        “Of course! Now I know why you make all the big bucks!”
        “Stick with me kid. We’ll go places together!!!”

        • ulik

          RLMAO!!!!!!! Whew!!!! Classic!!!!

  • ulik

    Well the black dude playing Nick Fury is way more interesting than your overdone and cliched middle aged white dude playing Nick Fury. Anyway, I’m tired of Sony and I’m tired of Fox! All they had to do is take over from where Riami left off with a new cast and director but go in a better direction. A total reboot is not needed here. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE PETER PARKER BACK IN HIGH SCHOOL AGAIN!! WE JUST SAW THAT ALREADY!! WE DON’T NEED TO SEE ANOTHER ORIGIN STORY AGAIN!!!! DAMN!!

    • Dedpool

      Well I’ll agree on the origin story part. I’m hoping they skip it, and start several months later and introduce him to his first superpowered villain. And I’m hoping we can finally get the Lizard. As for Peter in HS, it’s never been covered really. In the first movie he was in HS for what, 15 minutes and then that was over.Hell even the cartoons had him in college for most shows, but SPectacular Spiderman has done an amazing job at showing him in HS and kept it entertaining. Ultimate Spiderman did a good job as well. It’d keep all non superhero subplots rather simple, and not worry about him pining over MJ all the time. Maybe we’ll finaly get a relationship that doesn’t feel forced. Also here’s a chance to actually do something with the supporting cast.

      Picking up where Raimi left off with a new cast would be jarring, as we’re just supposed to except all these new faces as the ones we previously knew. It’d be like if you r favorite show just changed it’s cast but you’re supposed to just deal. So a new cast, new director should have a new world to play in. Sony is very STUPID but hey why sink money into somethingthat just isn’t doing as well as you’d want AND dealing with creative differences when you can just wait a bit and start over. I’m just hoping they DON’T try and make it a teen drama, and actually bring back the things that were lost in the franchise like SPidey’s humor, his intelligence, and the sense of fun and wonder of the character and world. Everything was just so “blah” in the movies, I want to actually like the characters not just the action. I say keep the supporting cast and give me new leads.

    • Roch

      haha.. remember DAVID HASSELHOFF as Nick Fury? LOL epic phail

      • Dedpool

        Trying not to. I’m still trying to figure out how that came about.

        “Hey let’s make a tv movie about Nick Fury!”
        “Sure but um, who do we get? I mean it’s Nick Fury, badass agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. We definitely have to do this better than when we designed Daredevil for that Incredible Hulk TV movie.”
        *Snaps fingers* “Sweet Christmas I think I’ve got it. David Hasslehoff. He’s hot right now with the whole Baywatch/Baywatch Nights thing. Plus he was MICHAEL FREAKING KNIGHT! Who better to play Fury?!?”
        “Of course! Now I know why you make all the big bucks!”
        “Stick with me kid. We’ll go places together!!!”

        • ulik

          RLMAO!!!!!!! Whew!!!! Classic!!!!

  • Zack Blastoff

    [Hacked from a Sony exec's email account:]

    “Why don’t we just cut to the chase and produce a TV friendly high school soap. Possibly a musical with a Disney trained ‘rock’ act that affirms the values of celibate romance. Don’t forget to feature skateboarding, weenie roasts and the other ‘cray-zee’ things kids get up to these days.

    Of course, we don’t want things to go too far (mentioning crime, drugs, sex etc), because it might offend someone’s parents (somewhere), therefore story-lines will have to deal with ‘positive’ issues such as Peter getting his homework done on time AND tidying his room before his uncle gets home. Scenarios such as these provide huge potential for hilarious consequences to ensue, therefore maybe we should consider a comedy, possibly a cartoon…”

  • Zack Blastoff

    [Hacked from a Sony exec's email account:]

    “Why don’t we just cut to the chase and produce a TV friendly high school soap. Possibly a musical with a Disney trained ‘rock’ act that affirms the values of celibate romance. Don’t forget to feature skateboarding, weenie roasts and the other ‘cray-zee’ things kids get up to these days.

    Of course, we don’t want things to go too far (mentioning crime, drugs, sex etc), because it might offend someone’s parents (somewhere), therefore story-lines will have to deal with ‘positive’ issues such as Peter getting his homework done on time AND tidying his room before his uncle gets home. Scenarios such as these provide huge potential for hilarious consequences to ensue, therefore maybe we should consider a comedy, possibly a cartoon…”

  • Mike J.

    Ugh. I wasn’t a big fan of SM3 (not many people were), but I have a feeling the “reboot” is going to be a huge mistake. It’s a shame that Raimi and the execs couldn’t agree on another idea for the sequel. While The Vulture (Raimi’s rumored idea) for the villian would have been terrible…I’m really hoping they don’t let Dylan Baker’s appearances thus far go to waste and not be able to work in the Lizard as one of the next bad guys. I still can’t believe this franchise has turned into such a nightmare…what a bunch of ego centric morons (Raimi included).

  • Mike J.

    Ugh. I wasn’t a big fan of SM3 (not many people were), but I have a feeling the “reboot” is going to be a huge mistake. It’s a shame that Raimi and the execs couldn’t agree on another idea for the sequel. While The Vulture (Raimi’s rumored idea) for the villian would have been terrible…I’m really hoping they don’t let Dylan Baker’s appearances thus far go to waste and not be able to work in the Lizard as one of the next bad guys. I still can’t believe this franchise has turned into such a nightmare…what a bunch of ego centric morons (Raimi included).

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I agree that changing everyone up and following raimi’s installments would be weird, but not if you just take a break from the storyline and pick it up 3 years later in the film. A few lines of dialogue would set the mood right for a new spiderman. I dont want it to go back to highschool because I don’t want spiderman to turn into a teen drama worthy of Smallville praise (Smallville is awful by the way. Finally gave it a chance and its the most worthless crap I’ve ever seen. Minus Lex Luthor and his father. What they did to doomsday is unforgivable.) I dont want a teen drama, I want the character to grow up and become the man that could be featured in a spinoff with other mature heroes. Going back to highschool is simply asking the franchise to borrow from what has been successful lately, being overly made up teens falling in love with dark brooding laughable characters that pose no real threat and can barely hold up a plot.

    To put it simple, with the other characters coming out and the serious nature being placed on their storylines, the only character getting a make-over and another 2 hour origin im going to have to sit through because im a fan, is spiderman. Now his character truly doesn’t fit in the marvel universe they are creating schematically.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Ah but he wouldn’t fit anyway as SONY still owns the rights and wouldn’t cross over with any of the Marvel Productions. However I actually think that if it works, then after the reboot, when Marvel does get the character back they could finally throw him in with the others. He will have aged properly (being one of the youngest heroes in the Marvel U) and they could possibly work him into cameos. I agree it is just building on the sucess of Ultimate Spiderman and Spectacular Spiderman, but at the same time it may allow for some dynamics we’ve not really seen on film with the character and his supporting cast. That said I think the idea of just jumping ahead three years is brialliant but I don;t want Raimi back. SOrry. He took all the fun out of the character, and I for one want my quipster Spidey back.

      • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

        OH agreed, I dont want raimi back either. There is definitely a call for new blood in the directors seat, I just wish i wasn’t going back to high school to get it. It could offer up some great character development but nothing that couldn’t be done with a good story set where they are already. Anyway, whats done is done and I will take it like a champ lol. By the way Ded, I still need you on the Lightning man. There are a few post and you’ve been set as manager. Uno~

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I agree that changing everyone up and following raimi’s installments would be weird, but not if you just take a break from the storyline and pick it up 3 years later in the film. A few lines of dialogue would set the mood right for a new spiderman. I dont want it to go back to highschool because I don’t want spiderman to turn into a teen drama worthy of Smallville praise (Smallville is awful by the way. Finally gave it a chance and its the most worthless crap I’ve ever seen. Minus Lex Luthor and his father. What they did to doomsday is unforgivable.) I dont want a teen drama, I want the character to grow up and become the man that could be featured in a spinoff with other mature heroes. Going back to highschool is simply asking the franchise to borrow from what has been successful lately, being overly made up teens falling in love with dark brooding laughable characters that pose no real threat and can barely hold up a plot.

    To put it simple, with the other characters coming out and the serious nature being placed on their storylines, the only character getting a make-over and another 2 hour origin im going to have to sit through because im a fan, is spiderman. Now his character truly doesn’t fit in the marvel universe they are creating schematically.

    • Dedpool

      Ah but he wouldn’t fit anyway as SONY still owns the rights and wouldn’t cross over with any of the Marvel Productions. However I actually think that if it works, then after the reboot, when Marvel does get the character back they could finally throw him in with the others. He will have aged properly (being one of the youngest heroes in the Marvel U) and they could possibly work him into cameos. I agree it is just building on the sucess of Ultimate Spiderman and Spectacular Spiderman, but at the same time it may allow for some dynamics we’ve not really seen on film with the character and his supporting cast. That said I think the idea of just jumping ahead three years is brialliant but I don;t want Raimi back. SOrry. He took all the fun out of the character, and I for one want my quipster Spidey back.

      • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

        OH agreed, I dont want raimi back either. There is definitely a call for new blood in the directors seat, I just wish i wasn’t going back to high school to get it. It could offer up some great character development but nothing that couldn’t be done with a good story set where they are already. Anyway, whats done is done and I will take it like a champ lol. By the way Ded, I still need you on the Lightning man. There are a few post and you’ve been set as manager. Uno~

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    Uh, why? The first “Spider-Man” movie is only eight years old. Do we need to introduce the character, when the damn thing is still fresh in our minds? Hell, I’m watching the original film on Cinemax HD right now!

    Why not just let Sam Raimi and Co. finish what they started? Have Peter and MJ finally get together (or kill her off), have Spidey fight the Lizard finally, and finish it. Then we’ll talk about reboots.

    • ulik

      I definitely don’t want Raimi back and I do think they just need to go where Raimi left off but like TSTI said, push it ahead three years with Gwen as Peter’s girl but still friends with MJ while she’s in Hollywood. Ultimate Spiderman is great but I think they aught to stick to the comics not the cartoon,per say. Following the cartoons could easily be done as a new improved live action T.V. show with a whole lot of cameos.:p I’m REALLY,REALLY anxious to see The Prowler on screen though. There has yet to be a true ally for Spidey in the movies yet and there is not enough ethnic or minority presence in that franchise. The Prowler could easily be done as a spin-off and I’d rather see that than a corny ass Venom spin-off.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        Dude you need to see my Prowler revamp. I madew him look so badass, and I was going for a Batman sort of vibe with him. My storyline took place right after Civil War with him being anti-reg and being a fugitive. I had him use his ties to SPidey to get some extra training from the likes of Iron Fist and Cap. Anyways a Prowler cameo or flick is probably very unlikely but I agree with you.

        • ulik

          Wow!! I’d like to see that design if you have it. I’d like to see The Prowler with Stark Tech. I think would be so freakin badass!! But yeah man cool idea. I want to check it out.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

            I’ll look to see if I still have the scanned pic if not it will be next week. Prowler may not be Stark, but he’s pretty smart himself. He designed the prowler gear, and the flight pack for Spiderman’s “Hornet” identity during the “Identity Crisis” storyline that gave us the Slingers way back when. As for the look of the costume, I darkened it up. I revamped the guantlets and boots to be less “Blackwidow-esue” and more tech influenced. I gave him a black body suit with the lighter part of his original costume becoming a green symbol of sorts to break up the black. I gave him a hood to cover the head as well.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    Uh, why? The first “Spider-Man” movie is only eight years old. Do we need to introduce the character, when the damn thing is still fresh in our minds? Hell, I’m watching the original film on Cinemax HD right now!

    Why not just let Sam Raimi and Co. finish what they started? Have Peter and MJ finally get together (or kill her off), have Spidey fight the Lizard finally, and finish it. Then we’ll talk about reboots.

    • ulik

      I definitely don’t want Raimi back and I do think they just need to go where Raimi left off but like TSTI said, push it ahead three years with Gwen as Peter’s girl but still friends with MJ while she’s in Hollywood. Ultimate Spiderman is great but I think they aught to stick to the comics not the cartoon,per say. Following the cartoons could easily be done as a new improved live action T.V. show with a whole lot of cameos.:p I’m REALLY,REALLY anxious to see The Prowler on screen though. There has yet to be a true ally for Spidey in the movies yet and there is not enough ethnic or minority presence in that franchise. The Prowler could easily be done as a spin-off and I’d rather see that than a corny ass Venom spin-off.

      • Dedpool

        Dude you need to see my Prowler revamp. I madew him look so badass, and I was going for a Batman sort of vibe with him. My storyline took place right after Civil War with him being anti-reg and being a fugitive. I had him use his ties to SPidey to get some extra training from the likes of Iron Fist and Cap. Anyways a Prowler cameo or flick is probably very unlikely but I agree with you.

        • ulik

          Wow!! I’d like to see that design if you have it. I’d like to see The Prowler with Stark Tech. I think would be so freakin badass!! But yeah man cool idea. I want to check it out.

          • Dedpool

            I’ll look to see if I still have the scanned pic if not it will be next week. Prowler may not be Stark, but he’s pretty smart himself. He designed the prowler gear, and the flight pack for Spiderman’s “Hornet” identity during the “Identity Crisis” storyline that gave us the Slingers way back when. As for the look of the costume, I darkened it up. I revamped the guantlets and boots to be less “Blackwidow-esue” and more tech influenced. I gave him a black body suit with the lighter part of his original costume becoming a green symbol of sorts to break up the black. I gave him a hood to cover the head as well.