‘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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  • comicbookfan • 3 years ago

    How about make new movies, Hollywood? Jesus.

    Webb has an obligation to make some films with Fox under contract, and last I heard, if he agrees to commit to 2 for Fox, they will lend him out for TASM2.


    • the-crow2k • 3 years ago

      @narrator, It wasn't close to the Amazing Spider-man one, or the so called origin story they were going for.

      It was a bad . over phased in the most important parts of his origin story.

      But forget about that...the awful portrayed of Garfield as Spider-Man, the over sure of himself/way too cooky/annoying and the rest of the characters that i couldn't relate to anyone.

      bad script, bad acting, bad origin story, bad writing, even bad score...

      I would love to expand my reasons if needed, but this was a huge disappointing film who had all the right tools and failed miserably.


      • narrator • 3 years ago

        I can see where you're coming from, @ROFLitschristian. While I didn't like the Hunger Games all that much and am glad that another director is having a go at the series, I feel that directors are pretty much just worried about the "curse of the sequel(s)". Lol.


        • ROFLitschristian • 3 years ago

          @narrator Okay, maybe I was a little heated when I wrote that, but come on man. You know it's true. Director's are not keeping their heads in game. Look at the Hunger Games series: we're already eyeing a new director. >:|


          • narrator • 3 years ago

            Poor comment, @ROFLitschristian.

            The article addressed how Webb is contracted to do a sequel to (500) Days of Summer. The PRODUCER of TASM, who is the one speaking, is only confirming that a 21 Jump Street wequel will be moving forward. That project has nothing to do with Webb, who, mind you, made TASM as good as it was with both his casting choices and unique direction. The script was flawed, not the direction.

            Agreed, @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx.

            @the-crow2k, TASM was actually surprisingly close to both the comics and the recent Spectacular Spider-Man series. More so than Raimi's run was, anyways. Also, why would the film even TRY to be connected to the prior films, seeing as it was reboot out to distance itself from the old trilogy? Come on, man.


            • the-crow2k • 3 years ago

              That's great news. He made a terrible job with the new spider-man....the movie was a mess and every scene didn't even connected to the previous one.

              Will only do good to the series if they'll try a better approach and more close to the comics.


              • monkeyiron2-0 • 3 years ago

                Yes he should come back he helped me remember why Spidey is such a unique superhero!!!


                • kingbrady • 3 years ago

                  the movie is struggling by blockbuster stand point here in North America, i wouldnt return either..........REBOOT......TOO SOON


                  • redcameraman • 3 years ago

                    Eh, didn't care for the movie anyway.


                    • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 3 years ago

                      (500) Days of Summer sequel = the end of me.


                      • addictionnonfatel • 3 years ago

                        Aww sh*t! Here we go!!!


                        • Salemwolf711 • 3 years ago

                          god damn it


                          • Brizzy • 3 years ago

                            @bawnian-dexeus That's actually true.. I just like the movie so damn much, wouldn't mind seeing more.


                            • felipe-11 • 3 years ago

                              As good as 500 Day of Summer was, a sequel seems unnecessary... doesn't mean it can't be good though.

                              As for Spider-Man, I'd rather wait another year for a sequel than have anyone else come in. I mean, we waited 4 years for TDKR, I think we can wait 3 years for Spider-man rather than risking someone else ruining a great reboot...


                              • sublime92 • 3 years ago

                                i think i got a good idea for nolans next movie to make lol


                                • instead8909 • 3 years ago

                                  21 Jump Street sequel not wanted

                                  Jumanji reboot not wanted

                                  (500) Days of Summer sequel not wanted

                                  excellent superhero films need sequels, not horrible ones and some comedy film franchises do well but not all.


                                  • dan1 • 3 years ago

                                    Meh. I still haven't seen the first one.


                                    • moviemouse • 3 years ago

                                      Thats to bad, i hope he returns MIB4 and jumanji remake? complete waste of time


                                      • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                                        @bawnian-dexeus true that!


                                        • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                                          @ROFLitschristian Nothing beats the classic


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