It's been all over the interwebs today, but it's official. Columbia Pictures/Sony has announced that Marc Web has taken over as director of the next film in the Spider-Man franchise.
Marc Webb, most recently in the news as the director of the Golden Globe nominated Best Picture (500) Days of Summer, is stepping up to helm the next Spider-Man film, which is scheduled for a summer 2012 release.
The screenplay being used is by James Vanderbilt. The press release indicates that Webb "will work closely with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin in developing the project." It goes on to say that this superhero tale will focus on an "small, intimate" story. Webb has certainly proved capable of that with (500) Days of Summer.
Webb is clearly excited, saying "This is a dream come true and I couldn't be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity." He went on to comment about Sam Raimi as a virtuoso and following him within the franchise's history was humbling.
I just hope he doesn't resurrect more 80s songs for mid-movie music videos.