Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Got an hour to kill today? Check out the Japanese press conference for Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man, at which producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach, and stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone took the stage after a screening of seven minutes of footage. We can’t show you the footage, but a video of the full press conference is online, and it gives up a few new tidbits of info about the film’s plot.
During the press conference, Avi Arad explained part of what sets this film apart from Sam Raimi’s trilogy, beyond the obvious differences,
In our movie, [Peter] finds his true love. Gwen Stacy was always the true love of Peter Parker… We found a very, very good story about what makes a human being. About what sets their destiny.
And Andrew Garfield spoke about the action in the film, reinforcing what we’ve seen as the film was in production, as far as the use of practical stunts and effects.
As you can see, a lot of the stunts are practical and grounded in reality. That was something that Marc, the director, really wanted to make sure happened in this movie to set it apart from previous ones… I would exhaust myself every day and get into near-death experiences every hour on the hour… I collaborated with [the stunt team] not only on the big stunt set-pieces but also on what happens to Peter’s body when he gets bitten. What happens to his DNA and how that effects the way he moves and the way he interacts with objects. The idea that he has spider DNA running in his system. What that will do to his sense of space. What that will do to the sensitivity of his skin. To have an opportunity to play in that forum with creative and talented people was a real opportunity and gift.
The film will first open in Japan on June 30, which is part of why Sony began the film’s press tour there. But still, this is getting things rolling pretty early. The Amazing Spider-Man doesn’t hit the States until July 3.
Watch the entire press conference here: