Already a certified hit, Columbia Pictures’ franchise reboot The Amazing Spider-Man is on a course to gross $800 million at the worldwide box office. But even with those kind of numbers, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the 2014 sequel: whether director Marc Webb will return.
“We’d really like him back, but there are obstacles,” Columbia President Doug Belgrad told The Hollywood Reporter. “He has an obligation to Fox.” He’s referring to the film Webb owes the studio following 2009’s sleeper hit (500) Days of Summer.
According to Box Office Mojo, The Amazing Spider-Man has grossed nearly $531 million worldwide, breaking several overseas box office records. Well before that, a sequel had been announced for 2014 and word broke that the film would be the first part of a trilogy.
That all jibes with what we’d heard in April when Webb explained how important the story of Peter’s deceased parents would be not to just this movie, but the following ones as well. So what’s all this talk about him possibly not returning? The director addressed that with a reporter for The Huffington Post prior to the film’s release.
“People ask about the sequel and I’m like, ‘Well, you know, I don’t know if I want to do that, but I love the process,'” Webb said. “I love Andrew and Emma. But it’s like asking someone who has just given birth, ‘Do you want to get pregnant again?'”