After the highly successful, yet critically uneven Sam Raimi helmed Spider-man trilogy, Sony Pictures has made the interesting decision to reboot the Spider-man franchise. The Amazing Spider-Man will differ from the original trilogy in that not only will it be presented in 3D, but the film will also feature a new leading man in Andrew Garfield (from The Social Network fame), and a new leading lady, Emma Stone (from Zombieland fame). Stone will portray new love interest Gwen Stacy, instead of the red-head Mary Jane Watson, which was played by Kirsten Dunst in the original films. This new incarnation of Spider-man, also appears to be darker in tone. Which is more in step with our cynical modern times. The film also notably presents Peter Parker as more of an awkward outcast and boy genius. In this latest version, Peter Parker invents his web shooting mechanism instead of using the controversial organic shooters featured in the previous Spider-Man trilogy. The special effects for The Amazing Spider-man also seem to be more practical, rather than the heavily dependent CGI special effects used in the Sam Raimi version.
What does this all mean?
Hard to say. All these new changes are more faithful to the original source material, which should please hardcore fans. What we have seen so far in the trailers also seems to be more akin to Batman Begins then to the lighter, traditional Superhero orgin story.
Which is fine with me.
The Amazing Spider-man stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Sally Field and Martin Sheen. The film is directed by Marc Webb and written by James Vanderbilt. The Amazing Spider-Man is scheduled for release July 3, 2012. It is also considered one of the big tent pole films of 2012.
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.