'The Amazing Spider-Man' Director Marc Webb May Not Return for the Sequel

Columbia President Doug Belgrad offers a Sony Pictures update, including news on '21 Jump Street 2' and a 'Jumanji' reboot.
Marc Webb may not be back for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Marc Webb may not be back for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad recently reflected on his upcoming second year as sole president of the company in an in-depth Hollywood Reporter interview.

In it, he reveals the big news that The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb may not be back for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, due to the fact that he owes 20th Century Fox a follow-up movie to his smash hit indie (500) Days of Summer.

"We'd really like him back, but there are obstacles. He has an obligation to Fox."


He then admitted that there were some noticeable problems with the superhero reboot.

"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."


In more positive news, he confirms that the 21 Jump Street sequel will start shooting before the year is out.

"We plan to start shooting in the fall. There are very few actors who can do romance, action and comedy. We're in business with two of them, Channing Tatum and Will Smith."


Doug Belgrad also promises that a Jumanji reboot, the film about the board game that comes to life starring Robin Williams, is in line for a proper reboot. We sure hope they cast Azealia Banks in some capacity.

"We're going to try and reimagine Jumanji and update it for the present."


In Men In Black news, The Columbia Pictures President also confirmed that there will be a 4th installment.

"We're very pleased with the financial performance of Men in Black 3, and we believe it is an ongoing franchise. We're going to do [another one], but we don't have clarity yet on how it should be done."


In a final bit of news, Doug Belgrad revealed that they will wait for Aaron Sorkin to finish writing Steve Jobs before moving forward on a director and cast for this upcoming biopic.

"Aaron Sorkin will adapt it first, and we've been waiting for him to start. He's been very busy with his HBO show, The Newsroom. We feel that there's nobody better for this job than Aaron. It won't be a traditional birth-to-death biopic, and Aaron is looking for an idea that is more akin to how The Social Network unfolded."


To read more from this excellent interview: Click Here!

The Amazing Spider-Man was released July 3rd, 2012 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Campbell Scott. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes to theaters May 2nd, 2014 and stars Martin Sheen, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan, Stan Lee, Sarah Gadon, Felicity Jones, Jamie Foxx. The film is directed by Marc Webb.



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Comments (32)

  1. CBF

    How about make new movies, Hollywood? Jesus.

    Webb has an obligation to make some films with Fox under contract, and last I heard, if he agrees to commit to 2 for Fox, they will lend him out for TASM2.

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  2. The_Crow2k

    @narrator, It wasn't close to the Amazing Spider-man one, or the so called origin story they were going for.
    It was a bad . over phased in the most important parts of his origin story.
    But forget about that...the awful portrayed of Garfield as Spider-Man, the over sure of himself/way too cooky/annoying and the rest of the characters that i couldn't relate to anyone.
    bad script, bad acting, bad origin story, bad writing, even bad score...
    I would love to expand my reasons if needed, but this was a huge disappointing film who had all the right tools and failed miserably.

    2 years agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  3. the Narrator

    I can see where you're coming from, @ROFLitschristian. While I didn't like the Hunger Games all that much and am glad that another director is having a go at the series, I feel that directors are pretty much just worried about the "curse of the sequel(s)". Lol.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  4. ROFLitschristian

    @narrator Okay, maybe I was a little heated when I wrote that, but come on man. You know it's true. Director's are not keeping their heads in game. Look at the Hunger Games series: we're already eyeing a new director. >:|

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  5. the Narrator

    Poor comment, @ROFLitschristian.

    The article addressed how Webb is contracted to do a sequel to (500) Days of Summer. The PRODUCER of TASM, who is the one speaking, is only confirming that a 21 Jump Street wequel will be moving forward. That project has nothing to do with Webb, who, mind you, made TASM as good as it was with both his casting choices and unique direction. The script was flawed, not the direction.

    Agreed, @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx.

    @the-crow2k, TASM was actually surprisingly close to both the comics and the recent Spectacular Spider-Man series. More so than Raimi's run was, anyways. Also, why would the film even TRY to be connected to the prior films, seeing as it was reboot out to distance itself from the old trilogy? Come on, man.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  6. The_Crow2k

    That's great news. He made a terrible job with the new spider-man....the movie was a mess and every scene didn't even connected to the previous one.
    Will only do good to the series if they'll try a better approach and more close to the comics.

    2 years agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  7. Monkeyiron 2.0

    Yes he should come back he helped me remember why Spidey is such a unique superhero!!!

    2 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  8. kingbrady

    the movie is struggling by blockbuster stand point here in North America, i wouldnt return either..........REBOOT......TOO SOON

    2 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  9. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    Eh, didn't care for the movie anyway.

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  10. Nicholaus XX

    (500) Days of Summer sequel = the end of me.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  11. bipolarmassive

    Aww sh*t! Here we go!!!

    2 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  12. Salemwolf711

    god damn it

    2 years agoby @Salemwolf711Flag

  13. Brizzy

    @bawnian-dexeus That's actually true.. I just like the movie so damn much, wouldn't mind seeing more.

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  14. Replicant

    As good as 500 Day of Summer was, a sequel seems unnecessary... doesn't mean it can't be good though.

    As for Spider-Man, I'd rather wait another year for a sequel than have anyone else come in. I mean, we waited 4 years for TDKR, I think we can wait 3 years for Spider-man rather than risking someone else ruining a great reboot...

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  15. Sublime92

    i think i got a good idea for nolans next movie to make lol

    2 years agoby @sublime92Flag

  16. Xenon

    21 Jump Street sequel not wanted
    Jumanji reboot not wanted
    (500) Days of Summer sequel not wanted
    excellent superhero films need sequels, not horrible ones and some comedy film franchises do well but not all.

    2 years agoby @xenon56Flag

  17. Dan

    Meh. I still haven't seen the first one.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  18. moviemouse

    Thats to bad, i hope he returns MIB4 and jumanji remake? complete waste of time

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  19. THE JOKER

    @bawnian-dexeus true that!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  20. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ROFLitschristian Nothing beats the classic

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  21. ROFLitschristian

    @ejk1 Still though. A 21 Jump Street sequel? Really? As for Jumaji, I also don't care. XP

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  22. jasdjqs

    this is a world which i can control my dvr from a Iphone, trust me a deal can be done, they are just half stepping

    2 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  23. ejk1

    @ROFLitschristian Webb isn't directing the 21 sequel. The Pres. of COlumbia Pics is just saying that the sequel starts shooting soon. As for Webb, he's contractually obligated elsewhere, so he must handle that business. As for Jumanji, I don't care.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  24. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Brizzy Nah man, that movie ended well enough

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  25. Brizzy

    Holy crap, i really don't care :o I would love to see a sequel to 500 days of Summer! But hopefully he'll be back for spidey aswell..

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Offer him a better deal.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. ChiRep_1

    @phatalphd If they want Garfield and Stone to continue in high school they better.. I think Webb did a fantastic job given his experience, the action scenes and fluidity (which i thought were fine but seem to be the biggest critique) can only get better and better

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  28. ROFLitschristian

    So a 21 Jump Street sequel is more important to him than a Spider-Man sequel? Directors are making me sick nowadays. None of them are committed to anything anymore. The unnecessary sequels and remakes and reboots are at the top of the list for directors. The films that actually need to be made, meh. Whatever. TASM wasn't even that great. Get someone else.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  29. Playhouse

    Here's hoping they can work the schedule out.

    2 years agoby @playhouseFlag