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

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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

    BTW, who did that horrible ass artwork at the top that is horrendous!!!

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

      ULik, I also need you on Lightning man – There are a few more post, and feedback is needed.

      Also, agreed. The artwork at the top of this page is god awful

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

        Ok. So I can get in now? I was waiting for an email to tell me I was accepted. Sweet! Be there with bells on. LoL.

  • ulik

    BTW, who did that horrible ass artwork at the top that is horrendous!!!

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

      ULik, I also need you on Lightning man – There are a few more post, and feedback is needed.

      Also, agreed. The artwork at the top of this page is god awful

      • Dedpool

        Ok. So I can get in now? I was waiting for an email to tell me I was accepted. Sweet! Be there with bells on. LoL.

  • boon

    I’d love to see an active attempt to tie back into the marvel universe.

  • boon

    I’d love to see an active attempt to tie back into the marvel universe.

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    fark man!
    Let’s up this guy doesn’t fail.

    It’s true man, I hated how Spiderman story drifted away from teen and evolved into a going Uni, working, marring, having kids etc:/

    “Webb will be working more from the “Ultimate Spider-Man” Goodness sake man. Who the hell knows about Ultimate Spiderman.
    Only classic fans of Spidy knew him through the 90′s series cartoon and old comics:/

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

      Um Xino where do you live? Cause here in the states Ultimate Spiderman was a bestseller for almost 10 yrs straight. Basically is goes like this the Ultimate Universe is a rebooting of the Marvel Universe in the present. If the Marvel Universe started in 2001/2002, that’s what the Ultimate universe is. It was a way to write familiar stories but not be tied down with decades of continuity. Charaters died, certains characters changed, and some were pretty much the same. I think using the Ultimate universe as a start isn’t a bad idea. but at the sametime they need to make sure that it’s still relevant. I don’t want a WHOLE movie centered on Peter’s teen angst and awkwardness. I’d like to see it as a juxtopostion of his personality. Where Peter is awkward, Spidey is confident and witty.

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    fark man!
    Let’s up this guy doesn’t fail.

    It’s true man, I hated how Spiderman story drifted away from teen and evolved into a going Uni, working, marring, having kids etc:/

    “Webb will be working more from the “Ultimate Spider-Man” Goodness sake man. Who the hell knows about Ultimate Spiderman.
    Only classic fans of Spidy knew him through the 90′s series cartoon and old comics:/

    • Dedpool

      Um Xino where do you live? Cause here in the states Ultimate Spiderman was a bestseller for almost 10 yrs straight. Basically is goes like this the Ultimate Universe is a rebooting of the Marvel Universe in the present. If the Marvel Universe started in 2001/2002, that’s what the Ultimate universe is. It was a way to write familiar stories but not be tied down with decades of continuity. Charaters died, certains characters changed, and some were pretty much the same. I think using the Ultimate universe as a start isn’t a bad idea. but at the sametime they need to make sure that it’s still relevant. I don’t want a WHOLE movie centered on Peter’s teen angst and awkwardness. I’d like to see it as a juxtopostion of his personality. Where Peter is awkward, Spidey is confident and witty.

  • Tony

    UGH!

    This will also suck to the lowest pit of hell.

    I agree Raimi missed the mark on SM3 and his plans for SM4 were retarded, but a reboot??? And to make it a teen movie like Twilight or some other crap??? Greeaaattt.

    Another movie shat upon by the “good idea faeries”. It would be better to just leave it the hell alone for another ten years and then reboot it. Its too soon. SM1 was pretty good and SM2 was awesome.

    Sigh…and Sony starts to sign the death call for super hero movies…thanks…ASS!

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

      They coulda waited like 5 years first. I mean it hasn’t even been a decade since the first one came out. I mean give the old franchise time to die.

  • Tony

    UGH!

    This will also suck to the lowest pit of hell.

    I agree Raimi missed the mark on SM3 and his plans for SM4 were retarded, but a reboot??? And to make it a teen movie like Twilight or some other crap??? Greeaaattt.

    Another movie shat upon by the “good idea faeries”. It would be better to just leave it the hell alone for another ten years and then reboot it. Its too soon. SM1 was pretty good and SM2 was awesome.

    Sigh…and Sony starts to sign the death call for super hero movies…thanks…ASS!

    • Dedpool

      They coulda waited like 5 years first. I mean it hasn’t even been a decade since the first one came out. I mean give the old franchise time to die.