Director Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man" has earned north of $500 million worldwide, guaranteeing a sequel in the process. Indeed, a May 2014 release date for the next Spider-Man film was set months before the first "Amazing" outing even swung into theaters. And while Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone's returns are all but locked and loaded, Webb himself might be a different story.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures president Douglas Belgrad suggested that it's possible Webb won't be back to direct the "Amazing" sequel after all, due to commitments to another studio.
"We'd really like him back, but there are obstacles. He has an obligation to Fox," said Belgrad, referring to Webb owing Fox a post-"(500) Days of Summer" movie.
This isn't the first time we've heard about Webb possibly leaving the "Spider-Man" franchise. In an interview last month, the filmmaker himself was asked about his odds of staying on.
"I don't know. You know, I want to finish this up and go to a beach and think about the future," he said in response. "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.' I love Andrew and Emma. But it's like asking someone who has just given birth, 'Do you want to get pregnant again?'"
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