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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 20, 2010 at 10:05 AM

“(500) Days” director to tackle “Spider-Man 4”

Well, you’d think that a guy named Webb might have a leg up, so to speak, with the Spider-Man franchise. In any case, topping off a busy stretch of Spidey news, Sony has announced that Marc Webb, director of the charming 2009 rom-com “(500) Days of Summer” (his feature debut), has signed to direct “Spider-Man 4.” That’s the film, you may recall, that Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire departed last week, after creative differences — the studio wanted to go with a teenage story of the young Spider-Man. (Wasn’t that already covered in the first movie?) With Webb lined up, the focus now is on choosing a new Spidey; rumor has it that Robert Pattinson (yikes!) is under consideration, among others, but I’d say don’t rule out Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Webb was here in town last summer at the Seattle International Film Festival, a former music-video maker excited to be presenting his first feature. I just went over my interview notes from when I talked to him, wondering if there was some veiled reference to wanting to make a big-studio megamovie about a teenage webslinger, but there are none; just some pleasant talk about romantic comedies and movie magic. Nice guy, as I recall; good luck to him. “Spider-Man 4,” with a script by James Vanderbilt (“Zodiac”) will begin production later this year, with a release planned for summer 2012.

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