Thursday, January 14, 2010

Who will replace Sam Raimi?


"After Monday's big announcement that Sony is rebooting the Spider-Man franchise, the attention has turned to which director and star will bring the new version to life.

According to Deadline Hollywood, (500) Days of Summer and music video director Marc Webb is the frontrunner for the director's chair, but that the studio has a 'wish list' of directors that also includes James Cameron [who was interested in directing a Spider-Man film before Sam Raimi was on board for the first film and his scriptment apparently matches the studio's request to make the film darker and edgier], David Fincher and Wes Anderson. You would think that District 9 helmer Neill Blomkamp is somewhere on that list as well.

The site says that Webb has met with the Spidey producers and studio executives to talk about getting the movie underway later this year for a summer 2012 release. The studio is also reportedly wanting to shoot the film in 3D."

Okay. Not the worst of directors but nobody's heard of this guy. Only one noteworthy film. Sam Raimi had Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness (my favorite Evil Dead film), The Quick and the Dead (a Western), For Love of the Game and The Gift under his belt when the proposal for Spider-Man came along.

I still say nobody can outdo the fun of the original Spider-Man films. Nobody. And it's because of that it will take some doings by Sony to say "This is the Spider-Man that fans are waiting for." Oh, wait. No, it's not because the majority of them loved the originals!!

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