Sony made the release date official today, and added that the film will debut in 3-D when it premieres. Production on the project, which has yet to name an actor for the lead role, is expected to begin later this year. The studio announcement also indicated that the film's title hasn't been finalized yet — though we're pretty sure the name "Spider-Man" will be in there somewhere.Still, the part of this report that I find interesting is that it indicates that no one has been chosen to replace Toby Maguire, yet a week or so back we read (and posted) a report that had named actor Zac Efron as being set to step into Spidey’s web. So, who knows what the real word is in this matter.
I just know that if this new director, Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) thinks that bigger = better, we could be in for a train-wreck of a film. Personally, I believe that a scaled back version of the next film — rather than an over-blown, everything-including-the-kitchen-sink, film can only help to ruin the franchise, rather than help it.