Earlier this month, we reported that The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb may not return to make the sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, due to his obligation to make another movie for Fox Searchlight. Today, we have word that the filmmaker may have a way to make both Sony Pictures and Fox Searchlight happy, while returning to direct this superhero sequel.
Marc Webb signed on to direct at least one more movie for Fox Searchlight, as a part of the deal for his breakthrough indie comedy (500) Days of Summer. The studio granted him a reprieve to make The Amazing Spider-Man, although they still expect him to keep up his end of the deal. Now, the indie studio may let the filmmaker direct The Amazing Spider-Man 2, if he commits to a two-picture deal. While most directors are averse to such a long-term commitment, it would free him up to make the superhero sequel.
It isn't known if talks are under way between the filmmaker, Sony Pictures, and Fox Searchlight for this new deal, although Sony likely has to move fast, or find a new director. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has already been given a May 2, 2014 release date. We reported in April that Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are rewriting the sequel script from an original draft by James Vanderbilt.