Ever since Sony announced that they were scrapping Spider-Man 4 in order to reboot the franchise in 2012, the wild rumors have been flying fast and furious – with everyone from Robert Pattinson to Michael Cera rumored to be up for the role of Spider-Man, while a flurry of director names circle what has now become the most important (and highly criticized) franchise reboot in modern history.
Deadline Hollywood were first out of the gate to report that 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb has met with producers of the next Spider-Man film and is one of the top contenders to take on the job. Yes, he has absolutely no experience shooting a big-budget superhero movie, but neither did Christopher Nolan or Bryan Singer when each of them originally signed on to their respective superhero franchises.
Another reason they like Webb (and yes, that's his real name – no pun intended) is because 500 Days of Summer really spoke to the younger audiences, and since this reboot will find Peter Parker back in high school, they want a director who knows how to "speak" and "relate" to that type of audience. A few other directors on Sony's dream list include Wes Anderson, David Fincher and James Cameron. (Ahem, that's why it's called a wish list.)
The other big news (that shouldn't really come as a shock) is the reason why it's going to take so long for the film to hit theaters (summer 2012) is because they want to shoot it in 3D. So, yeah, get ready for Spider-Man to start swinging through the screen next time around…and just make sure you move your popcorn out of the way so he doesn't knock it over.
What do you think about Marc Webb as director? Did you see 500 Days of Summer? Do you think he has the chops to take on Spidey, or should they go with someone a little more experienced with the genre? And what about 3D? Would Spidey even look good in 3D?