The Spider-Man franchise with Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi is no more, and has been for a while. (Bad reporting, you can yell at me, or comment harshly, etc.) It was actually announced a short while after John Malkovich was more or less confirmed to take the role of The Vulture. Raimi and Sony couldn’t work together, and so the Raimi-directed portion of Spider-Man ends there…
However! Sony is choosing to reboot the franchise quickly, now placing Peter Parker in high school. This gives the new director, Marc Webb of 500 Days of Summer, a somewhat clean slate to work with. (Here, have an article at Screen Rant that talks about the different directors that were in the running.) The film is slated to come out one year later than the now-defunct Spider-Man 4.
Now, in passing, since I’ve been busy as of late, I’ve been skimming the articles about the search for the next Peter Parker. The choices range from good to terrible, in no particular order. Judge for yourself: Taylor Lautner, the pup from Twilight, Jim Sturgess, Robert Pattinson, another Twilight name, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Cera and Chace Crawford.
From a business point of view, either of the Twilight duds (yes, spelled that way on purpose) would be Sony’s best choice because of the massive Twilight following. The Twilight loving girls and boys would see the movie simply because either the sparkly guy, or the furry guy, are traipsing on screen. Now, I’m not trying to offend any who might like, or love, the Twilight series, but anyone with a brain and knowledge of Spider-Man knows that Lautner and Pattinson are the least likable choices of the rumored bunch.
I have no idea who Chace Crawford is, but apparently he’s in Gossip Girl. No thanks. I love Michael Cera, but I don’t see him as Peter Parker. That leaves Joseph Gordon-Levitt as my number one choice. Sure, he’s been out of high school for over 10 years, but he has a baby face, and half the teens on TV are played by 20-somethings anyway.
As Sony pushes this project forward, on the fast track no less, more news is inevitable and uh… I’ll actually keep up with it, instead of doing a big catch up post. But we had fun right? Maybe we’ll do it again.