30
Sep
2012

Andrew Garfield and Emma StoneAndrew Garfield and director Marc Webb have signed on for Amazing Spider-Man 2 according to Deadline.

While it isn’t a surprise they would return for the sequel, it is a bit shocking the deals weren’t already in place as Amazing Spider-Man 2 was announced in Aug. 2011, almost a year before the first one even hit theaters. Emma Stone still hasn’t signed to return as Gwen Stacey, but she is expected to do so at any time.

The sequel is scheduled for release on May 2, 2014, so filming is going to have to begin in the not too distant future if they are going to make that premiere date. Once again convincing me filmmaking is now backwards and the release dates are all that matters, but that shouldn’t really surprise anyone.

Here’s hoping the new contracts include an option for Amazing Spider-Man 3.

[via Deadline]

5
Jul
2012

Amazing Spider-Man movie posterIt appears that movie going audiences may not care if a The Amazing Spider-Man is a reboot, they were ready for more web slinging.

The latest film version of Spider-Man opened up on Tuesday to $35 million with $4 million of that coming from IMAX showings.  This is the largest Tuesday opening ever for a film, and the CinemaScore grades are coming in at an A- average and an A from those 18 and under.  With those scores, it’s going to be a long and big weekend for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

While this is good news, this is down from the opening of Spider-Man 2 in 2004 which opened to $40 million.  With the adjustment for IMAX and 3D viewing ticket prices, that means attendance was down.  The opening for that film was on a Wednesday, and not followed by a non-working holiday, so things ar definitely a bit off.  The proof will be in the pudding as we go into the weekend, but it’ll be interesting to see how it tracks.

Seeing as Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been set for a May 2, 2014 release date, it’s doubtful this is going to matter a whole lot.

[via Deadline]

3
May
2012

There is so much wrong with this new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man that I don’t even know where to begin.

I have not been excited about The Amazing Spider-Man from day one, and I have to say with the more I see, the more justified I feel in that.  From Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) sounding like she knows Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) secret, to hints in the trailer that his being bitten by the spider wasn’t an accident, this film is just hitting all the wrong notes for me.  Of course, not that any of this really matter as Sony has already announced a release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

If this new trailer proved anything to me, it’s that Marvel has to find some way, any way, to regain the film rights to the characters it signed off on ages ago.  All of the contracts read that so long as the studios keep doing something new with the characters every so often, they can continue to hold on to them.

… Please, Marvel … get your legal team on this.

26
Jan
2012

The Amazing Spider-ManColumbia Pictures has released the official synopsis for The Amazing Spider-Man, and … yeah, it isn’t good news.

Not only did we not need a reboot of the Spider-Man series this soon, but we especially didn’t need it if it means they’re going to play with all sorts of aspects of the character’s past.

One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance  leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

His parents left him? (yes, there is one version of the comics where it turned out they were spies) A briefcase? Connors worked with his dad at Oscorp?

There are times where some changes to the core story work (i.e. X-Men First Class didn’t make me cringe in terror for the most part), but some of these “tweaks” are just outrageously wrong.  His parents, the origin of Dr. Connors and so on just make me already completely turned off to this latest installment of the film series.

Come on, Hollywood.  The comics have years and years of history, that have worked on, why can’t you just pick a part that works and leave it mostly alone?

31
Dec
2011

A picture of The Lizard from the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man film has been revealed on a toy, and … I’m not too thrilled.

While no official picture of The Lizard has been released, tie-in products have been showing up here and there that give us a glimpse, and the best yet comes from an upcoming remote control for a toy.  You can ignore the red dot on his head as that is a power indicator, but this is the best face-on image we’ve seen as of yet.  (You can click on it for a larger view.)

Lizard remote

While not horrible, I am a real traditionalist when it comes to this character, and this is pretty much nothing like he appears in the comic books.  Here’s one rendition of him from the books.

The Lizard

I’ve always preferred the more feral, animalistic version of the character, and it looks to me like he’s going to be too much of just a giant brute in the film.  If you’re going to do this character, at least do him right.  You teased us with him in the last three films, we finally get him, and this is what you do with him?

… I really hate Hollywood some days.

[via Idle Hands]

6
Aug
2011

Andrew Garfield and Emma StoneAmazing Spider-Man 2 will hit theaters on May 2, 2014.

I’m sorry, but, what?

The confusion here comes from the fact the first film, Amazing Spider-Man, doesn’t come out until July 3, 2012, so we now have a release date for a sequel to a film that hasn’t even been released yet.  “I think it speaks volumes about our confidence in what we are seeing on the new film and our desire to move quickly on the next installment,” a Sony executive told Deadline.

What it tells me is you’re racing to get a lock on a weekend and make it extremely clear to Marvel that you’re never going to let these rights revert back to them.  (So long as Sony keeps production on a Spider-Man film churning every few years, the rights will never return to the comics company, or its parent company Disney.)  Do you even have a script ready?  Have you locked crew yet?  I’m sure you locked Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (pictured to the right) for multiple films, but do you have a director ready to go?

The first film is still in post-production, and now these same folks have to get pre-production ready on the next one?  True, it’s a little under three years away, but you are definitely overlapping productions here, and that can go horribly wrong if not managed correctly.  True, the Harry Potter series kept a similar schedule up, so it is possible, but it definitely makes me nervous about what sort of quality we can expect.

 

21
Jul
2011

The first trailer for the new The Amazing Spider-Man film has hit the Internet, and what it goes to prove is … I really hate reboots.

As I’ve said before about this project, I don’t see the necessity to rebooting the Spider-Man franchise this soon after the last three films. What I also don’t see a necessity to is once again going through the whole origin story yet again. Look, if you don’t know his origin by now, you probably never will. We know he gets bitten by the spider, and we know that the death of Uncle Ben is the catalyst for him becoming a crime fighter, show it in a montage if you feel the need, but no, here we are, once again seeing the spider in this trailer, and there’s Martin Sheen walking around as Uncle Ben. Fantastic, thanks for making us go through this whole thing all over again.

Fine, you want to correct the timeline of things and remind us Gwen Stacey was his first love, and not Mary Jane as the last three films portrayed. Okay, fine, but do you really need to redo the whole thing? How about instead of fixing that one little nuisance we just move on to another story of Spider-Man that doesn’t require you to know the last three films, but doesn’t necessitate the whole starting over from square one thing again? Can we not find some sort of happy medium here? Is that really so much to ask?

The only thing I can say that makes me happy out of this whole trailer is the Spider-Man point-of-view scene towards the end, otherwise I just keep going, “Why?”