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‘Obstacles’ May Prevent Webb From Directing Spider-Man Sequel

Already a certified hit, Columbia Pictures’ franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man is on a course to gross $800 million at the worldwide box office. But even with those kind of numbers, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the 2014 sequel: whether director Marc Webb will return.

“We’d really like him back, but there are obstacles,” Columbia President Doug Belgrad told The Hollywood Reporter. “He has an obligation to Fox.” He’s referring to the film Webb owes the studio following 2009’s sleeper hit (500) Days of Summer.

According to Box Office Mojo, The Amazing Spider-Man has grossed nearly $531 million worldwide, breaking several overseas box office records. Well before that, a sequel had been announced for 2014 and word broke that the film would be the first part of a trilogy.

That all jibes with what we’d heard in April when Webb explained how important the story of Peter’s deceased parents would be not to just this movie, but the following ones as well. So what’s all this talk about him possibly not returning? The director addressed that with a reporter for The Huffington Post prior to the film’s release.

“People ask about the sequel and I’m like, ‘Well, you know, I don’t know if I want to do that, but I love the process,'” Webb said. “I love Andrew and Emma. But it’s like asking someone who has just given birth, ‘Do you want to get pregnant again?'”


  • RunnerX13

    Nice numbers, but at the end of the day will probably still be ranked forth in box office among the Spider-Man movies.

  • Sean Richardson

    When press releases start talking about “Oh, we’ve broken the record for highest opening weekend for an American film in India”, you know that that means they’re in heavy spin mode and they’re upset about the grosses overall.

  • Bill

    Yeah, except oh wait you’re completely wrong. They were saying the exact same things about The Avengers. Y’know, the third highest grossing film of all time.

  • Roman

     like bill says your wrong considering it opened bigger then they projected and they knew the tough competition from the ice age(a proven money making series for families)  and dark knight movies would limit the overall box office run in the states. Plus grossing big world wide is always a good thing as it has saved some movies that might have other wise be seen as over all bombs

  • Johnmhynds

    Sony can’t compete against the other super hero offerings when it comes to spectacular sets, SFX & action sequences of the big 5 movie presentations; somehow Sony’s movies are always less visually entertaining than the major competitors. Along with TASP the same can be said with MIB 3, The Smurfs & their other SP Animation films; this doesn’t bode well for Hotel Transylvania. The competition always wows with the visuals & does better at the local & overseas box office; get the feeling that Sony – Columbia is fast playing second fiddle to the other big studios, they haven’t had a 1 billion dollar movie hit yet – all the other majors bar Universal have; time for a stiff broom to sweep thru the Thalberg Building I’d say

  • BlueShroud

    Doug Belgrad should do something and convince Webb to return to the sequel and if still not, they gonna have to find another director, but I would say that his Spidey triology can be batter than Raimi’s.