With the announcement of Marc Webb stepping up to the director’s chair of Sony’s Spider-man reboot last week, Heat Vision has some interesting notes about the production and the future direction the franchise will be headed.
The plan for the movie is to be in the $80 million range and feature a cast of relative unknowns (so you can quash those Rob Pattinson or Gordon-Levitt rumors at this point). And the story will be pared down to center on a high school kid who is dealing with the knowledge that his uncle died even though the teen had the power to stop it.
Wow. I understand that using established actors like Willem Dafoe and Kirsten Dunst have higher salaries than the virtual unknown James Franco and Tobey Maguire (who only got $4,000,000, compared to the $17,000,000 he received for the sequel), but scaling back so much seems out of the ordinary. However, that is explained by the reasoning behind it that.
The touchstone for the new movie will not be the 1960s comics, which were the inspiration behind the movies by Raimi, who grew on up on them, but rather this past decade’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” comics by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley where the villain-fighting took a back seat to the high school angst.
It seems to me they are going backwards. Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man was made for a pretty hefty budget of an estimated $139,000,000 and to scale back. Of course this could all be proven wrong when the case is revealed. I just feel like a production like this, one that has made several billion dollars worldwide, the powers that be are trying to catch lightning in a bottle again, only they’re using a spoon and a frying pan.
Conan O’Brien recently said that cynicism doesn’t lead anywhere, and I believe that, but in light of these developments I’m not going to simply brush it off as a failure and a misstep, but more of a challenge to Sony to prove me wrong.
So, true believers and Rama readers, what do you think of this direction and future of this franchise?