It looks like we were relatively spot-on with our picks for a "Spider-Man" director, as three of our five suggestions are now being rumored as top contenders to bring your friendly neighborhood webslinger back to the big screen. However, one of them — "500 Days of Summer" director Marc Webb — looks to be the favorite.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Sony's current director wishlist includes Webb, James Cameron ("Avatar"), David Fincher ("Zodiac"), and Wes Anderson ("Rushmore"). The site claims that Webb has already met with producers and studio execs about the "Spider-Man" reboot, and the plan is to get the film into production this year for a 2012 release. The long production time will allow the studio to film in 3-D.
"What has Sony execs excited is the fact that (500) Days of Summer introduced a director with a grasp of how to depict the way young people think and feel," reports the site. "This is critical because the Jamie Vanderbilt script covers the formative years of a high school-aged Peter Parker, and that POV is as important as the action sequences."
Our original list of suggested "Spider-Man" directors didn't include Fincher despite his ties to "Spider-Man" screenwriter James Vanderbilt — and there's a good reason for that. Back in February the director revealed that he had already been asked about doing the first "Spider-Man" movie and revealed what he liked (and absolutely hated) about the superhero.
“The thing I liked about Spider-Man was I liked the idea of a teenager,the notion of this moment in time when you're so vulnerable yet completely invulnerable," he said.
But before Spider-fans jump on board the Fincher bandwagon, the director said it was Spidey's origin that he just couldn't stomach.
"I wasn't interested in the genesis, I just couldn't shoot somebody being bitten by a radioactive spider – just couldn't sleep knowing I'd done that," he explained.
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