A lot of people had things to say about Marc Webb’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man”, including our very own Dave Taylor and Scott West, but one thing that seems to be the general consensus is that there were a few problems story wise. In a recent interview with Columbia Pictures head Douglas Belgrad, he reveals that the studio also noticed these problems. Here’s what he had to say to The Hollywood Reporter (via Bleeding Cool) about said problems:
“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.”
Typically that could be a writing problem, but it could also be attributed to a directorial problem. So what does Belgrad have to say about Webb stepping back behind the camera for the sequels that are already planned for Andrew Garfield’s incarnation of the friendly, neighborhood Spider-man?
“We’d really like him back, but there are obstacles. He has an obligation to Fox.”
That sounds like a very corporate way to say Webb’s out. Yes, Webb is committed to Fox for a follow up to his unconventional rom-com ‘(500) Days of Summer’, but if Sony really wanted him, they’d work around it to get him. While writers Alex Kurtzmann and Bob Orci have already begun working on the script for the follow up, there have been no reports of the director’s involvement yet. Could it be that he’s already distancing himself because he won’t be brought back on for Spidey’s next big screen outing?
How do you think Marc Webb did with directing ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’? Do you think he should be replaced for the sequel? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.