Last weekend we heard the news that relative newcomer Andrew Garfield, who starred in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and will star in the upcoming David Fincher film The Social Network later this year, has been cast as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise. Sony Pictures threw a huge event in Mexico City to officially announce Andrew as the new Spidey … here are a couple of photos from the event and the official press release announcement:
After a comprehensive worldwide casting search, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012. The new film will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios. Today’s confirmation culminates what has been one of the most eagerly anticipated casting announcements in recent memory. Bloggers, pop culture speculators, and everyday fans have pored over and analyzed every conceivable online rumor in an attempt to discover the identity of the next actor to play Peter Parker. Garfield will immediately begin preparing for the coveted role. The Spider-Man franchise is one of the most successful in film history and the three previous motion pictures have collectively grossed more than $2.5 billion in worldwide box office. On selecting Garfield, director Marc Webb said, “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.” Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures said, “Spider-Man is a classic superhero — a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker.” Producer Avi Arad added, “I’m incredibly excited about Andrew Garfield. In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer. We believe we have found the perfect choice to take on this role and lead us into the future.” Producer Laura Ziskin said, “We are thrilled to have Andrew Garfield for this new incarnation of Spider-Man under Marc Webb’s direction. We were fortunate enough to meet with a group of fantastically talented young men. In the end, we all agreed that in addition to being an extraordinary actor, Andrew had the right mix of humor, youth, and pathos, along with an underlying sense of strength and power necessary to bring Peter Parker and Spider-Man to life on screen.” The selection of Garfield was revealed at a press event in Cancun, Mexico for international journalists attending a media tour promoting upcoming films from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Again, I personally feel that it is far too soon for Sony to be rebooting the Spider-Man movie franchise. I enjoyed the first 3 films starring Tobey Maguire (some more than others) and still regard him as Spider-Man in my eye. I just don’t understand why Sony feels the need to make a new batch of movies so soon after the last batch of movies were released. To be honest, it sounds like they don’t even have the kind of money to make a new franchise of films. They couldn’t rehire the actors they already had because they couldn’t afford them, they couldn’t rehire the original director because they couldn’t afford him and rumor has it they are only paying Garfield $500,000 for the first Spider-Man movie. Trust me, I know that that is not chump change but half a million sounds like a bargain for Sony when you consider that Tobey was making a few million per Spider-Man movie. Am I excited about these new movies? Not really. Will I see them, probably. I dunno … this just seems like a huge misstep. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.