Following the commercial and critical success of James Cameron’s Avatar, Sony Pictures announced February 9 that its forthcoming Spider-Man reboot, helmed by (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb, will be shot in 3D, MTV’s Splash Page reports. The new Spidey flick hits theaters on July 3, 2012.
Sony announced last month that the reboot will take Peter Parker back to high school. While a fourth installment in Sam Raimi’s wildly popular Spider-Man series was in the planning stages, the director parted ways with the studio due to creative differences. This new film wipes the continuity slate clean with a new, younger cast.
“Spider-Man is the ultimate summer movie-going experience, and we’re thrilled the filmmakers are presenting the next installment in 3D,” Jeff Blake, chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, said in a statement. “Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters in the world, and we know audiences are eager and excited to discover Marc’s fantastic vision for Peter Parker and the franchise.”
This still seems like a bad idea. If Sony needs to reboot the Spider-Man movie franchise just 10 years after it started, why not simply pick up where Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 left off with a new cast and a new director?