Despite helming the disappointing Amazing Spider-Man movies, Marc Webb certainly hasn’t been hurting for work in the short time since. Webb has not one, but two films in theaters this year (Gifted, and the more recent The Only Living Boy in New York), and he’s already eyeing his next project — one that, given the amount of attractive talent (i.e. awards bait) involved, could very well deliver on the promise of Webb’s earlier, pre-Spider-Man career.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Man directs acclaimed indie. Studio hires man to direct giant blockbuster franchise movie. Said movie is…not very good. Seemingly unimpeded by failure, man continues to direct movies, including a sequel to said blockbuster…which is also not very good. In this case, the man in question is Marc Webb, whose Amazing Spider-Man films were — despite fairly successful box office runs — decidedly un-amazing. His idea for the scrapped third film doesn’t sound that much better.
You know Spider-Man is one of the world’s coolest comic-book superheroes. But did you know that one of his coolest moves in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is inspired by one of the world’s first movie stars? It’s true; the moment early in the film when Spidey grabs onto a police wagon as it speeds by in the middle of a chase is an homage to a similar moment in a classic silent comedy by Buster Keaton. That’s just one of the bloody good facts featured in the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Following yesterday’s reports that Robert Zemeckis and Kingsman’s Matthew Vaughn are at the top of WB’s list of possible directors for the Scarlet Speedster’s solo movie comes another big newsflash for fans of The Flash (sorry): While Zemeckis is still heavily rumored to be the frontrunner, a new report reveals that two notable directors have already passed, and Billy Crudup is no longer attached to play the role of Barry Allen’s father.
After delivering two disappointing Spider-Man movies, director Marc Webb recruited Captain America for his return to the intimate realm of indie dramas, free from the tyranny of colorful super-villains, CGI and spandex. The first trailer for Gifted features real people dealing with real problems, like hunky Chris Evans struggling to raise his niece, who just happens to be a child genius — which is still kind of like a superhero story, right?
Since Sony partnered with Marvel for another Spider-Man reboot, Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb has been free to pursue other projects. In addition to producing the Limitless TV series for CBS, Webb has lined up a couple of new films: Gifted and The Only Living Boy in New York. The director will team-up with another superhero star for the former, while a couple of excellent actors have joined Miles Teller in the latter.