Outside of a very few original passion projects, it’s rare to see a director stick around for a trilogy of films, especially when they’re based on existing works. Such is the case with Marc Webb who had the tough task of restarting the Spider-Man franchise that Sony is now looking to build into its own mini theatrical universe. While he signed on for the sequel and is going back for a third installment that will be released in 2016, that’s the extent of his behind the scenes involvement in the franchise.
“I’d like to be involved as a consultant, and I’ve already talked to these guys about it,” he said, “but in terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else.”
This at least potentially keeps a bit of creative cohesion, which Sony has already put in place with the “brain trust” that was put together that includes Alex Kurtzman and Drew Goddard who are preparing the Venom and Sinister Six spinoff features. The fourth feature will have its own hurdles beyond Webb leaving as Andrew Garfield’s contract is up then as well and he’s previously stated he won’t extend it.
[Source: The Daily Beast]