Today Sony made it official and named Marc Webb as the director of the 2012 Spider-Man re-boot movie. Webb has a lot of experience directing music videos. Here’s one he did that uses a lot of special effects. So imagine Fergie as Mary Jane.

And follow the link to see the Sony press release

CULVER CITY, Calif., January , 2010 – Marc Webb, the director of the Golden Globe nominated Best Picture (500) Days of Summer,  will direct the next chapter in the Spider-Man franchise, set to hit theaters summer 2012, it was jointly announced today by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.

Written by James Vanderbilt, Webb will work closely with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin in developing the project, which will begin production later this year.

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, said, “At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world. The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker’s life. We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter’s shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man’s adventure. We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey.”

Arad and Ziskin added jointly, “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. 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.”

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, added, “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.”

Added Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, “The idea of re-imagining the on-screen story for one of the world’s most iconic superheros is sure to deliver an exciting new dimension to Spider-Man fans everywhere.  There are volumes of comics and material available to inspire fresh and compelling takes on Peter Parker and his journey as Spidey and we look forward to seeing this come alive onscreen.”

Marc Webb has won acclaim with his film debut (500) Days of Summer. He has several MTV VMAs™ including 2009’s Best Director award for Green Day’s “21 Guns,” 2006 Best Rock Video for AFI’s “Miss Murder,” and Best Group Video for The All-American Rejects’ “Move Along.” The Music Video Production Association honored him in 2006 as the Director of the Year for his work with Weezer, AAR, and My Chemical Romance.

In addition to two Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture (musical or comedy), his first feature film, (500) Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, has been nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature.  Webb was also awarded the Spotlight Award, which honors outstanding directorial debuts, by the National Board of Review.

8 Responses to “Sony Press Release Announcing Webb as new Spider-Man Director”

  1. #1 Bertie Bassit says:

    well i guess they are taking this real serious…………

    jesus guys why don’t you just kill spidey in the first 10 minutes and have the movie be about jackpot trying to solve the murder

  2. #2 Captain Cheesesteak says:

    Well, my first instinct would be to hate this move, I hate hate hate the idea of these “hip” new directors, get someone whose done something is what’d i’d say if I was in charge.

    BUT…. I really reallly REALLY hated everything about any director who got his start in crappy pop/hip hop music videos who would go by some stupid fake name “Mc. G”
    but I humbly have to admit I loved both those Charlies Angels movies.

    Let’s hope this putz is the next Spike Jonez.

  3. #3 mrmutant says:

    Uhh so from this vid Im supposed to assume the next Spider-man movie will have lots of ladies dressed like hookers?

  4. #4 PeteParker says:

    lol “Spider-Man Vs Hooker-Woman 2″ :D

  5. #5 PeteParker says:

    To be fair though, I’m actually really looking forward to the re-boot now. Wasn’t fond of the idea to begin with, but now we have a good director I hope the movie will play out quite well. Hopefully we’ll see someone who can actually play Spider-Man instead of Tobey. I’ve never really got the feeling from him that he was into the whole role of Parker, and never made me believe he was either. Come on, what could go wrong? :P

  6. #6 Captain Cheesesteak says:

    I’ll know officially if this will be a worst Spidey Saga if they recast Jameson.
    That guy nailed it, and for anyone to be half as good, they’d just hafta copy his portrayal.

  7. #7 Styles says:

    I’ll kindly reserve my oh crap until we actually see some casting and footage.
    Note: He also directed a movie called “500 days of summer” which was a coming of age film and saw some pretty good reception.

  8. #8 KC says:

    He directed alot of other (less fergilicious) videos. Check out “Days of the Phoenix” by AFI, or “Love Like Winter”. Guy’s a great director.