Sam Raimi and Marc Webb Passed on ‘The Flash’

The Flash director

The search for The Flash director continues. Yesterday, we heard Robert Zemeckis is the frontrunner for the job, and today we’re hearing two Spider-Man directors, Sam Raimi and Marc Webb, are no longer in the running. Either one of them could’ve replaced directors Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and Seth Grahame-Smith (The LEGO Batman Movie), who both left the project over creative differences.

Below, learn more about what Raimi and Webb have coming up.

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jon watts behind the scenes of Spider-man: Homecoming

When filmmaker Jon Watts premiered his independent film Cop Car at the Sundance Film Festival, there is no way he could have anticipated that it would lead to him directing Spider-Man’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But after talking to the Spider-Man: Homecoming director on the set of Peter Parker’s first MCU solo film, it is easy to see why he got the job.

During our on-set chat, Watts explained his vision for this new Spider-Man reboot, how it will be different than Marc Webb and Sam Raimi’s films, how Captain America: Civil War changed this film, the importance to diversify Peter Parker’s world, making the villain a real person, the rumors surrounding Zendaya and much more.

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marc webb's gifted trailer starring chris evans

Before he made the critically slammed The Amazing Spider-Man films, director Marc Webb was a darling of the indie film world. A music video and commercial director who broke onto the movie scene with the fantastic 500 Days of Summer. He returned to the more moderately-budgeted world of dramatic films (read: less studio and producer meddling) and reuniting with Fox Searchlight for his next film Gifted.

Chris Evans (Captain America) stars as a single father raising a child prodigy played by Mckenna Grace (Independence Day: Resurgence, Designated Survivor) and the struggle for him to retain custody. The movie has an excellent cast which also includes Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, and Lindsay Duncan. Watch the Gifted trailer now embedded below.

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limitless interview

One of the many movies becoming TV series this fall is Limitless. The CBS drama is a spinoff from the film of the same name,, with Bradley Cooper reprising his role of Eddie Morra, who in the show is now a Presidential candidate. The star of the show is Jake McDorman as Brian Sinclair, a man who comes into a stash of the miracle drug NZT, which unlocks the potential of one’s mind. The FBI recruits Brian to use his powers to help them solve cases.

Marc Webb directed the pilot to Limitless, keeping with the style of Neil Burger’s original movie to launch the TV version of the story. Earlier in the summer I had a chance to speak with Webb one-on-one at a CBS party; we discussed the show, and addressed the then-recent news of Spider-Man returning to Marvel after Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man movies. Read More »

Chris Evans as Captain America in The Avengers

Having left behind one Marvel superhero, The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb is preparing to team up with another. Captain America star Chris Evans is set for Webb’s new movie Gifted, a Black List drama set up at Fox Searchlight.

Meanwhile, Webb’s other upcoming project The Only Living Boy in New York is also making some progress. Jeff Bridges and Rosamund Pike have just signed on for the Allan Loeb-scripted romance, joining Miles Teller. Get details on the Chris Evans Gifted casting and more after the jump.  Read More »

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 plot

Now that Sony has signed a deal with Marvel Studios to co-produce future Spider-Man films and introduce Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ll never see there continuation of The Amazing Spider-Man film series. And for most fans, thats a good thing. But what was The Amazing Spider-Man 3 going to be about? The answer to that question is more ridiculous than you imagine. Hit the jump to read a bit about The Amazing Spider-Man 3 plot that will never be.

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Guy Stauber Vision crop

Did Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb something with The Avengers? Want to hear Jeremy Renner sing about Hawkeye? What’s happening on the set of X-Men Apocalypse? How did Paul Rudd answer when asked about Captain America: Civil War? What happened on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D that set the table for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Is Captain America still a virgin? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Marc Webb Directing ‘Limitless’ Pilot

Limitless TV pilot

The next project from Marc Webb, who spent the last few years making the two Amazing Spider-Man movies for Sony, will be a superhero tale of sorts. But this new project won’t exactly be in the same vein he’s been mining of late. Webb is now set to direct the Limitless TV pilot, thereby launching the CBS series based on the Bradley Cooper film of the same name in which a drug can expand human mental capabilities to incredible levels. Read More »

The Only Living Boy in New York

Miles Teller is doing a movie with Marc Webb. The Amazing Spider-Man director has balanced a commitment to Fox Searchlight and the desire to do other indies with his work for Sony. Now he’s prepping a return to the indie scene with The Only Living Boy in New York, about a young man who gets involved with the same woman his father is having an affair with. The Whiplash star is going to rock the lead role. Read More »

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Sinister Six Mysterio confirmed

Does Sony have a plan for the Spider-Man film series? Of course they do! Well, actually… maybe? Any film series “plan” must involve an evolving set of decisions, but in the case of Spider-Man some of those decisions seem to contradict one another. The throughline of the two new films so far has involved Peter Parker’s parents, his father’s work at Oscorp, and Oscorp’s tendency to develop technology that is really great for evil. In Marc Webb’s movies, the company is essentially Ikea for supervillains.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now on Blu-ray, and some releases feature a bonus disc that explains some of the ideas that are loosely leading up towards the Sinister Six. In some of those bonus features, director Marc Webb confirms the identity of the guy seen at the end of both movies, explains some things that have been rumored about the film, and explains the origin of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 end-credits, as they relate to Sinister Six. )Spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follow.) Read More »