Spider-Man Reboot round up

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the new Spider-Man release which has obviously captured the excitement of comic lovers and fans of the franchise alike.

After Sony decided to abandon the idea of Spider-Man 4, instead choosing to do a project ‘reboot’ (it’s actually named ‘Untitled Spider-Man Reboot’ on IMDB), there is a suggestion that the movie will attempt to update the franchise, giving it a less retro, more modern theme.

I for one will be interested to see what the next film holds: after the abysmal Spider-Man 3, a lot needs to be done to return to the level of Spider-Man 2. Originally scheduled for release in May 2011, the date has now been pushed back to July 2012; though as the film is currently in-production, completion is almost assured. As such, I’ve compiled a quick round up of the crew currently involved with the film:

Marc Webb directing – Puns about his name aside, Webb is a relative newcomer to the industry, having predominantly made music videos, shorts and TV episodes in the past. However, he did direct the critically acclaimed 500 Days of Summer in 2009, which should promise a greater lean towards character development in the new Spidey.

Steve Ditko, Stan Lee and James Vanderbilt writing – Ditko and Lee receive the customary credits as they created the original characters. But Vanderbilt is the guy worth watching, as the screenplay is his baby (though it’s worth noting the numerous re-writes the script has undergone from different writers). The strength with Vanderbilt is that he has written both action films (The Losers, Welcome To The Jungle AKA The Rundown) and a character piece with Zodiac. So hopefully, he should be able to write the high quality of action, character and narrative that this reboot will need.

John Schwartzman as Director of Photography – Schwartzman is an old hand at shooting action flicks, with a resume that boasts The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbour and more recently The Green Hornet. Enough said here really – with a solid DOP on board, only the possibility of bad CGI threatens some epic visuals.

Cast – Good bye Toby Maguire and hello Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Let’s face it: after that horrendous sequence of Maguire trying to look ‘bad’ strolling down the street in Spider-Man 3, Maguire’s face simply brings back too many bad memories. Though Garfield hardly raises anticipation: his performance in The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus became irritating very quickly and The Social Network exacted a competent albeit slightly mediocre performance from him. Though the presence of Rhys Ifans as Dr Curt Connors/The Lizard and Martin Sheen as Ben Parker promises an excellent supporting cast along with the loveably bitter Denis Leary. So a mixed bag all in all, but fingers crossed that Marc Webb will be able to wring out some decent performances.

So a pretty good line up all in all, making this reboot a potential for ‘blockbuster of the year’ in 2012. So long as Columbia Pictures don’t go bust or something…

Post written by @filmfellahenry
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About filmfellahenry
Film reviewer, script writer and occasional painter. Fan of Lumet, Aronofsky and Kubrick, with a good measure of early John Carpenter thrown in. Particularly like post-apocalyptic sci-fi, horror and fantasy film genres.

One Response to Spider-Man Reboot round up

  1. can’t wait to watch that movie. It should be focused more on Peter’s early life. Great for new kids.

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