‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Director Marc Webb May Not Return for the Sequel

Columbia President Doug Belgrad offers a Sony Pictures update, including news on ‘21 Jump Street 2’ and a ‘Jumanji’ reboot.
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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Director Marc Webb May Not Return for the Sequel

Marc Webb may not be back for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad recently reflected on his upcoming second year as sole president of the company in an in-depth Hollywood Reporter interview.

In it, he reveals the big news that The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb may not be back for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, due to the fact that he owes 20th Century Fox a follow-up movie to his smash hit indie (500) Days of Summer.

"We'd really like him back, but there are obstacles. He has an obligation to Fox."

He then admitted that there were some noticeable problems with the superhero reboot.

"The section where Rhys Ifans ' character turns irrevocably into the Lizard. It took several months to figure out, and the filmmakers cut a bunch of scenes. In software parlance, it required a patch."

In more positive news, he confirms that the 21 Jump Street sequel will start shooting before the year is out.

"We plan to start shooting in the fall. There are very few actors who can do romance, action and comedy. We're in business with two of them, Channing Tatum and Will Smith."

Doug Belgrad also promises that a Jumanji reboot, the film about the board game that comes to life starring Robin Williams, is in line for a proper reboot. We sure hope they cast Azealia Banks in some capacity.

"We're going to try and reimagine Jumanji and update it for the present."

In Men In Black news, The Columbia Pictures President also confirmed that there will be a 4th installment.

"We're very pleased with the financial performance of Men in Black 3, and we believe it is an ongoing franchise. We're going to do [another one], but we don't have clarity yet on how it should be done."

In a final bit of news, Doug Belgrad revealed that they will wait for Aaron Sorkin to finish writing Steve Jobs before moving forward on a director and cast for this upcoming biopic.

"Aaron Sorkin will adapt it first, and we've been waiting for him to start. He's been very busy with his HBO show, The Newsroom. We feel that there's nobody better for this job than Aaron. It won't be a traditional birth-to-death biopic, and Aaron is looking for an idea that is more akin to how The Social Network unfolded."

To read more from this excellent interview: CLICK HERE

The Amazing Spider-Man was released July 3rd, 2012.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released May 2nd, 2014.

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