Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sony Caught Up In Webb's "Spider-Man"

Director Marc ("500) Days of Summer" Webb has been signed to direct "Spider-Man 4" for Sony, to bring some fresh romance to the teen angst of 'Peter Parker', aka 'Spider-Man", attracting more of a teenage female audience.

Written by James Vanderbilt, Webb will work with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin in developing the project, which will begin production later this year.

"At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world., " said Amy Pascal, co-chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president, Columbia Pictures.

"The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker's life. We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter's shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man's adventure. We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey."

"This is a dream come true, " said Webb.

"I couldn't be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity. Sam Raimi's virtuoso rendering of Spider-Man is a humbling precedent to follow and build upon. The first three films are beloved for good reason. But I think the Spider-Man mythology transcends not only generations but directors as well. I am signing on not to 'take over' from Sam. That would be impossible. Not to mention arrogant. I'm here because there's an opportunity for ideas, stories, and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas, and creative voice to Spider-Man."

Marc Webb has won several awards including MTV's 2009 Best Director award for Green Day's "21 Guns," 2006 Best Rock Video for AFI's "Miss Murder," and Best Group Video for The All-American Rejects' "Move Along."

The Music Video Production Association honored him in 2006 as the Director of the Year for his work with Weezer, AAR, and My Chemical Romance.

In addition to two Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture (musical or comedy), his first feature film," (500) Days of Summer", starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, has been nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature.

Webb was also awarded the Spotlight Award, which honors outstanding directorial debuts, by the National Board of Review.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "(500) Days Of Summer", Green Day's "21 Guns" and and The All-American Rejects' "Move Along"...