It’s been rumored for awhile that Mark Webb (500 Days of Summer) may be directing the next Spider-Man film (a reboot) after Sam Raimi and the cast got the boot one screenplay too late. Now Vulture reports that Sony has signed Webb for three Spider-Man films that will “focus far more on the private life of Peter Parker”.
[Columbia chairman Amy Pascal] views [Webb] as a latter-day Cameron Crowe for the economically and socially angsty Generation Y, and thinks he’d be perfect to explore the conflict within Parker. Webb’s other big appeal? He’s much cheaper than the old Spider-Man crew. The deal just now being sewn up calls for Webb to be paid roughly $10 million for the first film, with substantial bonuses built in if the picture reaches certain box-office milestones. […] Unlike the now-departed Raimi, Webb won’t be getting paid a percentage of the films’ grosses. Compare that to Spider-Man 4, for which Raimi and star Tobey Maguire were expected to claim more than 25 percent of the gross. [Ed.- And that’s why the franchise is rebooting.]
So Mark Webb is the latter-day Cameron Crowe for the economically and socially angsty Generation Y? Yeah, well I’m the neoteric Russell Crowe for the financially and interpersonally Weltschmerz Millennials who own a thesaurus. And I’d work cheaper than 10 mil. And I’m all about exploring the conflict within dudes. But it’s cool; I’ll cast an actor who’s at least 18.