Date: 20th January 2010

Spider-Man reboot gets director Marc Webb

Filmmaker Marc Webb has signed on to direct the new Spider-Man film, after the departure of Sam Raimi from the blockbuster superhero franchise.

Webb was behind one of 2009's sleeper hits (500) Days Of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Gordon-Levitt is one of a crop of actors whose names have been connected with the Spider-Man role since Tobey Maguire announced he was quitting.

The fourth instalment will focus on the superhero's early years.

The first three films - directed by Evil Dead filmmaker Raimi - earned a combined $2.5bn (1.6bn) at the international box office.

Source: Press Release