Sony and Marvel announced today that (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb will indeed be helming the new incarnation of Spider-Man. Webb will take over the series after Sam Raimi walked away from Spider-Man 4.
"Over the years, the Spider-Man comics have been told with bold and creative new writers and artists who have re-calibrated the way audiences see Peter Parker," said producers Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad. "Marc Webb will do for the new direction of the films what so many visionary storytellers have done with the comic books. He is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we look forward to working closely with him on this new adventure."
Webb said, "This is a dream come true and 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."
Even Stan Lee made a comment: "I'm excited that Sony has chosen a director with a real penchant and understanding for the character. This is a brave, bold direction for the franchise, and I can't wait to see what Marc comes up with next."
Webb will work closely with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin to develop a script by James Vanderbilt into the next installment of the Spider-Man franchise. Production is scheduled to begin later this year, and the project is slated for a 2012 release.