The Amazing Spider-Man will have to find a new director for his fourth installment. The Amazing Spider-Man’s franchise director Marc Webb recently told The Daily Beast that he plans to be finished with the series after the planned third film in the franchise. The director went on to add that he has had an absolute blast in creating the big screen adventures for the web-slinger but after the third film, it will be time to find something new.
Marc Webb started off his directing career in music videos. Webb worked with several big name artists including My Chemical Romance, Maroon Five, Fergie, Weezer and The Pussycat Dolls prior to making the leap to the big screen. Webb’s debut feature film was one of the biggest indie breakout hits of the year with the romantic comedy (500) Days Of Summer starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. The quirky comedy about a doomed couple grossed over $60 million worldwide off a mere $7.5 million production budget. Webb immediately became one of the hottest new talents in Hollywood and was offered several high-profile studio tentpole films before settling on directing Sony’s reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise.
Although Marc Webb is walking away from the director’s chair, the filmmaker has already spoken to Sony about the possibility of staying on and being involved as a consultant on future films. Webb added that he still very much wants to continue to help shape and grow the Spider-Man cinematic universe but as a director of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, he is finished.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (or The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro as it is known in some markets) is currently scheduled to kick off the summer movie season when it opens on May 2, 2014. In the film, Peter Parker continues his daily struggles to balance his life as a normal high school student and the responsibilities as the web-slinging Spider-Man. When Peter decides to investigate further into his father’s mysterious past with the help of his returning old friend Harry Osborn, Parker takes notice of the fact that all his enemies, including the new threats to New York City Electro and the Rhino, have a something in common, Oscorp.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 features the return of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as his love interest Gwen Stacy. New to the series are Jamie Foxx as the main villain Electro, while Paul Giamatti joins the cast as The Rhino. The Place Beyond The Pines’ actor Dane DeHaan is also apart of the ensemble cast as Parker’s best friend Harry Osborn. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was written by James Vanderbilt and Jeff Pinkner before Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman of the rebooted Star Trek film franchise were brought in for a re-write.
While Marc Webb has stated that he is finished with the franchise, the filmmaker is still under contract to complete the third installment in the series. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is scheduled to be released on June 10, 2016. The 39-year-old filmmaker has yet to line up his follow-up to The Amazing Spider-Man franchise.
By Benjamin Murray