The new Fox drama Lone Star centers on charismatic schemer Robert Allen (newcomer James Wolk), who has meticulously constructed two very different lives, in two different parts of Texas. In Houston, he’s a devoted husband with ultra-wealthy in-laws that he’s hoping to clean out, while in Midland, he lives with his sweet, naive girlfriend, playing the perfect boyfriend while secretly cheating local investors out of their savings.
(500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb brought the Lone Star pilot to life with a visual landscape that has the quality of a feature film. Even though he is currently prepping the Spider-Man reboot for a recently announced December start date and a release date of July 3, 2012, he was at Monday’s Fox presentation of the Television Critics Association Press Tour to promote the September 20th premiere of Lone Star.
While Marc Webb couldn’t give any details about what’s going on with Spider-Man, he did say that everything is going well and that he’s prepared for the jokes in regard to his last name, in relation to the film. He also said that, although his career is about to get a whole lot busier, he would like to still be able to split his directing career between feature films and television. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Marc: I think that the dramas that you find in TV are actually a lot more interesting, typically, than what you find in cinema. It’s really hard to find just a simple character-driven drama, outside of a genre, that was available to direct, except for on TV. The quality of material on television is really spectacular and this is an emblem of that.
You also did an episode of The Office. Was that fun to do?
Marc: Yeah, it was cool. Doing that TV was a little bit different because the language had already been developed. But, it was really fun to work with the actors. Kathy Bates was really fantastic. Getting to work with all those actors was great, but it’s not so much about developing a language. Lone Star was cool because we got to develop a film language that was unique and independent and specific to this world.
Was it important for you to give Lone Star a real feature film look?
Marc: Yeah. It absolutely was really important. For me, I just looked at it like a movie. It had to be in a language that you could imitate and repeat, over a long period of time, and have enough dimension that you could find different and interesting tidbits.
Did you have more of a budget than you did on (500) Days of Summer?
Marc: I think it was actually a little bit lower budget, but it’s a shorter amount of screen time.
Did coming from that indie background help you get this done with this limitations?
Marc: Oh, yeah. You’re operating at a very fast pace. But, I also come from music videos and commercials, where the pace is also very clippy.
Is there any update you can give about how Spider-Man is going?
Marc: Oh, I can’t talk about that yet.
But, you’re working on it and everything is going well?
Do you have any idea when you’ll start to make announcements about what the film will be about and what characters it will focus on?
Marc: I don’t know yet, but we’ll make an announcement. I know I sound like a jerk, but all that stuff has to be talked about first.
Are you ready for the jokes about your last name, in association with Spider-Man?
Marc: We’ll see. Variety has already spun the puns, as it were. I’m sure it will continue. Hopefully, they’ll come up with more interesting versions of that.
With your career obviously about to get a lot bigger and more high-profile, do you want to continue to try to work in TV as well?
Marc: Just because I’m going to be working on [Spider-Man] for awhile, it’s going to be hard in the immediate future to do that, but yeah, I think it’s fantastic. TV is a very specific and different medium that is really incredible and has developed, in the last 10 years, into something really fantastic. With the advent of cable TV, it’s very sophisticated, very interesting and more like a novel. How deep you can get into the characters is very specific to TV. It’s just different than movies. That’s exciting. As long as I can be a part of that, I’ll try to be a part of that.