A few weeks ago, when Sony made the announcement that they were parting ways with all the people involved with the highly successful Spider-Man movie franchise, the entire movie news world let out a collective “UGH!” In one major sweep, Sony let go of the Sam Raimi, Steve Ditko, Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst (not a huge loss IMO), James Franco and others that made old Web-Head movies what they were.
Sony decided to take Peter Parker back to high school, using James Vanderbilt’s script, which indicates another origin story; and although no official announcement has been made, I’m guessing the main villain will be a brooding teenage Morbius (if Twilight mania is any indication). After 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb was announced to be directing the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, Sony let it out that Spidey would be in 3D.
That’s really not a major “new” announcement though, as I think everybody now expects any major tent pole release to be in 3D. I recently made the prediction via a Twitter message to MTV Splash Page that Peter Parker will be a human actor and Spider-man will be CGI mocap of that actor. Think Jake Sully in Avatar. Some people didn’t agree with me, but I stand by my prediction. Now we're getting a report from MTV Splash Page saying that Marc Webb has talked to super-über-mega Avatar director himself, James Cameron, about filming Spider-Man in 3D, which seems to add some weight to my predictions.
Why is this important, do you ask? Well first (and I didn’t know this), according to MTV Splash Page, Cameron did a work-up for a Spider-Man movie back in 1991 and that means he already has ideas that I’m sure he is more than willing to share with Webb. Secondly, Cameron is now THE go-to guy for all things filmed in 3D. Not the post-production 3D conversion process that Clash of the Titans and Alice in Wonderland are going though, but actually filming the movie start to finish in 3D.
I’m not a huge proponent of 3D movies and find them to be overly gimmicky, but if a director wants to use the tech, then planning on it during the filming process is the way to go. The visual special effects and use of 3D technology in Avatar is second to none and Webb is wise to seek out Cameron's insight on the subject.
Webb and Cameron
Check out what Cameron's producing partner, Jon Landau, had to say about the meeting with Webb:
“Last [week] we met the director of [the next ‘Spider-Man’ film]...[He] wants to do the next one in 3-D, which they’ve announced that they want to do. So, [Jim and I] want to try to support that as much as possible.”
Landau also agrees with me about the post-3D conversion process being applied to films:
“Other movies are turning to it now, some of which I agree with, some of which I don’t agree with. ‘Clash of The Titans’ is coming out in 3-D; they’re converting it very hastily into 3-D. I’m not in favor if that. If you want to shoot a 3-D movie, shoot it in 3-D.”
Everything I’m reading right now tells me that my prediction of a completely CGI mocap Spider-Man is not out of the realm of possibility. Reboot – Check. 3D – Check. Cameron’s technology involved – Check. Everything adds up to Spider-Man ultimately being CGI.
Honestly, I think a CGI mocap Spider-Man would look good on an IMAX screen. There wouldn’t be all of the human actor limitations involved with the flips, jumps and wall-crawling. If Webb pulls it off, then it could very well get the franchise back on track after the huge disappointment that was Spider-man 3.
Do you think that Marc Webb talking to James Cameron about his 3D process means that we could also see a CGI mocap Spider-Man in the future?
Spider-Man the reboot is slated to crawl into theaters in the summer of 2012.
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Source: MTV Splash Page
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