Thursday, January 21, 2010

Webb of Spider-man?

(500) Days of Raimi Ends; (500) Days of Webb Begins

Sony Pictures and Marvel Entertainment have confirmed that Marc '(500) Days of Summer' Webb will direct the 2012 Spider-Man reboot. Written by James Vanderbilt, Webb will work closely with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin in developing the project, which will begin production later this year.

To those who just caught up with the Spider-man news, here's a quick review: Spider-man director Sam Raimi (who obviously was unhappy about how the studios forced his creative hand in the making of "Spider-man 3" to do things he felt was not right) came into various clashes with the producers in the creative process of making "Spider-man 4" As a result, Raimi was fired and the producers decided to take the Spider-man series for a reboot. That means we have to go back to the start of the Spider-man story, but this time, they want a Spider-man series focused on the younger, more teen version of the story (possibly in order to target a "Twilight" demographic), and a director who can work well with the studio executives.

Now, it seems that they have chosen their slave..uhh ehem... I mean... director for the restart/reboot.
On the other hand, Marc Webb is really a great director. I personally freaking LOVED his movie (500) Days of Summer. In fact, I am relieved that Webb got the directorial job for Spider-man (rather than some hack like Bay or Ratner). But what I am upset about is that this is still going to be a reboot, this is going back to the high school days of Peter Parker, what we really want is for the Spider-man story to move forward, not needlessly remake a Spider-man origin story which is already brilliant to begin with.

I'm gonna sound mean, but I sure do hope that those executives be taught a lesson; I hope that by the time this reboot comes out, it will flop miserably. So miserable that they would wish they had not fired Raimi in the first place. Webb may be a great director, but with pushy executives like this, things may not be as what was originally intended. Just look at how stupid "X-men Origins: Wolverine" was.

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