Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot. Garfield’s casting follows months of speculation about who would don the webs. Garfield was among the final list of contenders along with Jamie Bell, Anton Yelchin, Aaron Johnson, Logan Lerman, Alden Ehrenreich, Frank Dillane, Michael Angarano, and Josh Hutcherson. Hutcherson had reportedly been offered the role yesterday.
Whether that’s true or if he turned it down is irrelevant (although I can’t imagine anyone turning it down). Columbia Pictures has sent out a press release confirming Garfield as Spider-Man. I liked Garfield in Parnassus, and he’s going to get a lot more exposure later this year when he’s seen in David Fincher’s Facebook movie The Social Network and Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go. Hit the jump for quotes from Webb and the producers regarding Garfield’s casting. Spider-Man is set to open in 3D on July 3, 2012.
Update: We’ve been given some pictures and video from today’s event in Mexico where director Marc Webb and producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin made the big announcement. You can see Andrew Garfield looked shocked as he stepped onto the world stage. Hit the jump to check everything out. It’s after the highlights from the press release:
Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) is developing the action-comedy Babe in the Woods at Columbia Pictures. Written by Mike White, the film centers on a female freshman from the Midwest who arrives at Yale and becomes a target of the New Jersey mob. White will produce the project through his Rip Cord Productions banner. Rip Cord’s David Bernad will also serve as a producer on the film.
Presidents of Columbia Pictures Matt Tolmach said in a press release, “Our experience working with Ruben on Zombieland was nothing short of amazing. We love what Mike did with this script and could not be more thrilled to develop Babe in the Woods with these two guys. They bring the perfect blend of comedy and attitude to their projects.”
Fleischer is currently developing 30 Minutes or Less for Columbia which stars Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari and Jesse Eisenberg.
Columbia Pictures will bring pulp hero Doc Savage back to the big screen with Shane Black co-writing and directing. For those unfamiliar with the character, Doc Savage was a 1930s and 40s pulp fiction hero who was described by writer Lester Dent as “a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness.”
As we reported back in October, Neil Moritz and Ori Marmur would produce and while Shane Black was confirmed to write the film, it would only rumored he would direct. Now, Variety confirms that Black will be getting in the director’s chair and make Doc Savage his first film since 2005′s brilliant Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Black is co-writing the script with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry. Presumably, they’ll still be setting the film in the 1930s rather than attempt to “modernize” the character, as tempting as that may be after the success of Sherlock Holmes.
Hit the jump to read what Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach had to say about jumping on board the Doc Savage bandwagon.