The Hollywood Reporter got a chance to sit down with Doug Belgrad, the President of Columbia pictures, to talk about what’s been a good year for them, with some big hits (21 Jump Street), and some modest break-evens (Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spider-Man), and some misfires (That’s My Boy). He talked sequels to Spider-Man and 21 Jump Street, and more.
Of most note would be that Belgrad says that Marc Webb might not be available for the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. I’m reminded of a scene in Casino when Al King parses a gangster: “The old man said maybe your friend should give in. When the old man says ‘maybe,’ that’s like a papal bull. Not only should you quit, you should run.” The studio head also mentioned that there were some problems getting the film together that required a patch, so he’s also saying the film had problems. Of course, none of this proves anything, but this is a person who knows how to parse their words, and wouldn’t say it if he didn’t think there was a strong possibility that Webb will be replaced.
He also mentions that 21 Jump Street‘s sequel will start shooting in the fall. It seems the big work-around would be Jonah Hill‘s schedule as he’s already in Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, but I’m sure they can find a way. And though that may seem like a quick turnaround, Sony was confident in the film, and screened it to critics months before it opened, so it’s also possible they got screenwriter Michael Bacall to start on a follow up before release.
Also mentioned: A Jumanji reboot and Men in Black 4, the former sounds more promising, the latter something to be considered.
Who would you like to see direct The Amazing Spider-Man 2? (Marc Webb is an acceptable answer)