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January 20, 2010

Wow… what are the odds that the same night I watch Marc Webb’s 500 Days of Summer (thanks Joe) he’s also officially announced as the director of the new Spiderman trilogy (trilogy?  Really?  Getting a bit ahead of themselves, aren’t they?)  Well… actually… it’s no surprise at all since the only real reason I was watching 500 Days of Summer is because of all the insane internet rumors flying around that Webb was the front-runner for the job.  What’s more surprising is that, sometimes, internet fanboy rumors turn out to be true.


Now, if you’ve been living under a rock the last few days you might have missed the slight, though well PRed, falling out between Sam Rami, the acclaimed director of the first three Spiderman films, and Sony Pictures, the studio that owns the rights.  According to those very same rumors, the studio wanted a plethora of villains and Rami just wouldn’t budge (having already cast John Malkovich as the Vulture.)  I guess that makes this a classic case of “creative difference” in which one of the parties tells the other to “f*ck off.”

Sam Rami: Spiderman's man no more.

For some, Rami’s departure came as good news.  Spiderman 3 is one of the worst movies ever made (Exhibit A.) And that’s not opinion either… it’s written in stone high atop Mount Arafat (the astronauts told me so.)  But, on the other hand, I enjoyed Spiderman 1 and 2. Though, if you know of my love of Richard Donner’s original Superman movies you know why… Rami just about ripped off every plot point he could from those two movies.  Never the less, it needs to be said again… Spiderman 3 was one of the worst movies ever made (Exhibit B.)  So what went wrong?  Rami claims the studio made him (surprise-surprise) put in way too many villains.  And the fact that he’s walked away from the franchise because they were doing it again kind of makes me believe him (that doesn’t mean I forgive him.)

Marc Webb: I can't believe I actually found a pic of this guy!

What about Marc Webb you ask?   Do I approve or disapprove of this hire?!  To be honest, this is a real head scratcher.  500 Days of Summer was a cute, semi-original love story.  It wasn’t particularly entertaining.   It wasn’t particularly creative.  It was just about everything I expect from a first time director such as Marc Webb.  But to give this guy the helm of Sony’s biggest movie property in hopes of creating another successful movie trilogy (still in the shadow of the colossal originals) seems INSANE.

But maybe Sony knows what they’re doing.  I thought hiring Rami was INSANE.  Darkman really left, and still leaves, a bad taste in my mouth.  But the man pulled it off… and is now one of the industry’s biggest names.  As for Webb, I’m guessing he gave the studio one-hell-of-a passionate, inspired pitch… and that’s what they’re buying into.  That and he’s young, cheap, and will do whatever the hell they want (expect lots of villains.)  I guess, just as with Rami’s hiring, it’s probably best to take a wait-and-see approach to this.  But, then again, look how that turned out with Ang Lee’s Hulk… I still want my money back.

Tobey Maguire: too old for school!

Oh – one last thing.  Sorry Tobey Maguire fans.  He’s done.  Expect a new, and much younger, leading man to be cast… and, with a 2012 release date fast approaching, expect it soon!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Alan Kugler permalink
    January 20, 2010 7:41 am

    I fear that I may have been living under a rock the last few days.

  2. Hack Riven permalink
    January 21, 2010 2:08 am

    i heard this: “expect less villains.” why? because they are going for a “teenage angst story” arch. i’m thinking Glee (television) at one side of the spectrum, or The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005 – look it up and be horrified) at the other end. no-name cast + fledgling director + fast-approaching release date + teenage plot = tapping into the Twilight crowd maybe? i’m so giddy because this Spidey reboot just might introduce us to the next eerily-hairless, curly-locked Ryan Phillippe or Robert Pattinson that anyone over 25 will be rolling their eyes at until his career burns out.

    i don’t like Raimi. his direction/production is corny: looks corny, feels corny …it’s sophomoric – there’s something about his lighting or lenses. for some reason, i always thought Raimi was the director of the original Power Rangers television series. ?!?! i don’t know why i thought that, but it always made sense. still does even though it doesn’t Google that way. in any case, that gives you an idea how corny his stuff is to me. sure, his Evil Dead shtick is “fun” (the first time) but it’s not quality cinema …just as Bruce Campbell is a man’s man, BUT he is definitely not a good/believable actor.

  3. cklockwork permalink*
    January 21, 2010 2:29 am

    the Twilight thing… I definitely think that’s having an influence on this film. They hired an emo director, they’re going to cast an emo actor, and the story is going to focus more on Peter Parker’s high school personal life… all in an effort to make the film more realistic, dramatic, and gritty. Oh, and make it 3-D as well, because… well, you know… it heightens the cinematic experience.

    So, to sum it up, Twilight + The Dark Knight + Avatar = THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN (you know it’ll have a corny title like that.) To be honest, I might have a hard time watching this movie if it’s another origin story. I mean, i just saw his freaking origin eight years ago. Batman Begins worked because it went places the other Batman films never bothered to go. You can’t say that about Rami’s Spiderman.

    I wish they would just stop screwing around. If realistic is what they want, they should just go the route of the ’70s tv series (which, I might add, I lived off of as a teen thanks to Blockbuster… and back then they had their ‘money back guarantee’ in which if you didn’t like the movie you rented you could pick out another, free — i’ll be honest, i exploited that.. heavily.)

    Ah, the memories…

  4. cklockwork permalink*
    January 21, 2010 2:43 am

    Personally, I’d take the franchise back in this direction… a robot? hell yeah.

  5. Hack Riven permalink
    January 21, 2010 4:37 am

    OH. MY. GOD!! i don’t remember that 70’s Spidey at all. the music alone has me onboard and the wall-crawling is actually pretty badass considering it was 1978 live-action.

    Chip Fields?! christ, she looks like an Eriq LaSalle impersonator:

    oh, the things i would do to a young Ellen Bry’s gorilla bush.
    weird fact: Ellen Bry is uncredited for doing stunts in Superman (1978).

    that Voltroned Spidey is just sad. has Japanese television changed at all over the past 30 years?

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