The everlasting saga of whether or not Marc Webb will helm the next Spider-Man movie has at long last drawn to a close. Word has finally broken that the man who helmed the successful franchise reboot will be back in the saddle for another round via Sony’s Columbia Pictures. As already assumed, it was confirmed today that Andrew Garfield would be reprising his role as Peter Parker which is a far cry from last time out. Some might remember that Tobey Maguire was a holdout during the Sam Raimi era and almost was replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal because of it. Of course, no one expected a replay of that because of Garfield’s obvious fandom of the property.
Other details are scarce at this time in regards to the follow-up, but the screenplay appears done as Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek) helped finished the script. Producing again will be Avi Arad who is pretty much the franchise constant that keeps everything in line. We have seen interviews with the man since the debut of The Amazing Spider-Man saying that they are happy with the way things are setup now with Marc Webb, suggesting further exploration of Peter Parker’s back story in regards to the mystery surrounding his parents and unique abilities. The only question mark now seems to be Emma Stone who is merely ‘in talks’ to reprise her role as Gwen Stacy. Things are expected to get done on that end.
Filming will begin in the first half of next year and there will be no time for things to slow down as the sequel outing is set for a May 2, 2014 release. It typically takes about a year from film to street. Of course, that was the reason why many people were doubting that Webb could return to the director’s chair. Fox Searchlight has had an option on the man from his (500) Days of Summer stage of his career. It is unclear how that got cleared up, but it might have something to do with his attachment to the indie film The Only Living Boy in New York back in August.