Posted by Nick Poyner on November 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm
Ladies and gentlemen, despite what you’ve heard, 2012’s Spiderman reboot is not an indie movie. Right? Wait, is it? I think it might be.
Let’s think about this for a second. Sam Rami, Tobey Maguire, and Kirsten Dunst were all cut from the fourth film because they were too expensive. (Kisten Dunst more so because she was awful.) They wanted to hire a “younger” Spiderman/Peter Parker. A little math here. Younger = cheaper. Then it seemed like “younger” became “unknown.” Unknown = even cheaper that younger. So it seems like, if you have a relatively unknown Spiderman, the rest of the cast doesn’t necessarily need to be super expensive actors and the budget can shrink considerably. So thus is the new Spiderman.
The impressive thing is that the studio has not necessarily compromised talent. At this point, we all know that the role of Spiderman has gone to Andrew Garfield who has shown us he can act in that little film called The Social Network. (It’s about that Facebook thing.) That and he received rave reviews for his performance in the independent film Never Let Me Go. Independent? Indie?
Okay, let’s get indie. Alongside Garfield are two people who bring some “cred” to the franchise. First off, Emma Stone. If you didn’t know, Stone is red hot right now. Hollywood’s new “It” girl, if that’s still an actual thing. She had her first leading role in Easy A earlier this year, which I didn’t exactly love but proved she could carry a film. Also, EVERY OTHER FILM SHE DOES, SHE PLAYS AN INDIE DARLING. She’s the bombshell for the nerdy generation.
Then there’s Rhys Ifans. Ifans has been in everything from Notting Hill to Pirate Radio, and always steals the show with his biting sarcasm and charming nature. Apparently this means were going to have a very well spoken, British villain. Indie!
So who’s directing this thing? Marc Webb. Perhaps (only?) known for his work on last year’s super hip (500) Days of Summer… Okay, Marc Webb is super indie. (There is also a rumor Zooey Deschanel may have a part, but I’m not holding my breath.)
Spiderman is going to be hip. Really hip. (There are even talks to get Sally Field and Martin Sheen in as Parker’s aunt and uncle. Retro throwback?) But I can’t say I mind. I’m glad they’re trying to do this thing a little cheaper and a little edgier because, well, Spiderman 3 was horrendous; offensive to the entire franchise. So, Spiderman reboot, do something creative. You have all the tools to do so.
What do you think? Do you like the new direction or you want the other guys back?