We haven’t heard anything from Marc Webb on the Spider-Man reboot since the press release that announced he would be directing. Since then we’ve learned that Webb has been talking to Avatar director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau about shooting the web-slinger in 3D, and we’ve also had a few casting rumours ranging from Percy Jackson‘s Logan Lerman to (500) Days of Summer‘s Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Webb recently spoke to MTV about the reboot and he commented on casting his Peter Parker, Sam Raimi, and mentioned that more information on the reboot will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.
“We’re casting a wide net,” Webb told MTV News. “That’s really all I can say at this moment.”
He did say the mythology behind the character fascinates him and that his interest in Spider-Man goes way back. “I think that there’s something about Peter Parker that’s just — he’s a legend, and that mythology is appealing to me, and it has been for a long time,” the director explained. “It’s really just a dream come true.”
“I’ve talked to Jon [Landau] a little bit,” he said. “I’d like to talk to those guys more. They’re fantastic representatives for 3-D, and we’ll be talking more about that, but right now, I’m doing a pilot, so my mind has been sort of consumed by that a little bit.”
As for Sam Raimi, the director he will inherit Spider-Man from, Webb offered nothing but praise, noting that he still sees untapped potential. “[Raimi] did something fantastic, but I do think the mythology of Spider-Man is wide and vast,” he said. “I think there’s more opportunity to explore that cinematically. Sam is not only a great guy, but a fantastic director, and it’s a humbling prospect, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Filmonic wasn’t around during the production of the previous trilogy, so it’ll be interesting for me to follow this new Spider-Man saga over the next two years. Joseph Gordon-Levitt would have been a good choice a few years ago but he’s nearly 30 and might not suit the teen/high school approach Sony may be going for.
Production will begin later this year for a July 2012 release.