Marc Webb, the Golden Globe nominated director of
(500) Days of Summer
has been roped in to direct the next
Webb will replace Sam Raimi, who directed the last three installments of the money spinning franchise. The film will recreate the younger days of the superhero with an new star cast after actor Tobey Maguire quit the franchise.
The new film is slated to climb into theatres in summer 2012, it was jointly announced today by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Written by James Vanderbilt, Webb will work closely with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin in developing the project, which will begin production later this year.
"At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world. The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker's life," Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures said in a statement.
"We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter's shoes...We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey," Pascal and Tolmach added.
Webb now faces the challenge to step into Raimi's shoes, whose three films became a blockbuster at the box office.
"This is a dream come true and I couldn't be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity. Sam Raimi's virtuoso rendering of Spider-Man is a humbling precedent to follow and build upon. The first three films are beloved for good reason," Webb said.