Wednesday, January 20, 2010

3D Shorts: SPIDER-MAN Has It's Webb-slinger! Peter Jackson Aims At 3D Gaming? And Green Lantern Thinking 3D?

Jim here. Some rapid fire S3D shots comin' at ya!

First up: Marc Webb (500) DAYS OF SUMMER) has signed on as SPIDER-MAN's helmer!

From Comingsoon: Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, said, "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. We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter's shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man's adventure. We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey."

Webb said, "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. But I think the Spider-Man mythology transcends not only generations but directors as well. I am signing on not to 'take over' from Sam. That would be impossible. Not to mention arrogant. I'm here because there's an opportunity for ideas, stories, and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas, and creative voice to Spider-Man."

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, added, "I'm excited that Sony has chosen a director with a real penchant and understanding for the character. This is a brave, bold direction for the franchise, and I can't wait to see what Marc comes up with next."

SPIDER-MAN is slated for a summer 2012 release and pegged at a reported $80m budget.

If Stan Lee is good, then I am good. 'Nuff said.


NEXT: Peter Jackson Aiming At Some 3D Gaming?

Gaming came up during a recent interview with Peter Jackson over on AICN, and it makes me think if he is taking yet another cue from James Cameron - I know they are good friends. Cameron has long postulated that movies and games are on a collision course - and even now many assets can be shared for the concurrent development of both at the same time for any given umbrella property. AVATAR went 3D in both the movie and the game - why not Jackson's Wingnut Games company entirely? He is certainly enjoying MODERN WARFARE 2 right now - which I play in stereo3D with my NVIDIA 3D Vision setup. Peter obviously loves 3D as he is doing TINTIN right now.

Could happen - I would love to see his imagination at work in gaming!



Frosty over at Collider had the opportunity to speak with Martin Campbell who is directing GREEN LANTERN and specifically on 3D:

Martin Campbell: “[Warner Bros. and I] haven’t really talked about it.” But with the worldwide success of Avatar, it’s hard to imagine every studio not re-examining their big budget properties to see if they can release it in 3D and make a few extra dollars."

Sounds very interesting! Campbell also says that GL will be closer to IRON MAN than BATMAN BEGINS with "one foot in reality". Be sure to check out the whole interview here.

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