Emma Stone is on a rapid rise to stardom. The pretty young redhead had smaller parts in teen comedies Superbad and The House Bunny, but her starring roles in Zombieland and Easy A have cemented her leading-lady status. Now, she's being offered the role of Spidey's gal-pal Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, and we're torn as to whether this would be a good career move or the worst one imaginable. We made up a pros and cons list, which Stone should feel free to consult.
It's one of the great crimes of Hollywood that there was only one sequel to Chevy Chase's 1985 mystery-comedy Fletch, especially since there are actually nine books about reporter Irwin M. Fletcher, plus two about his son, and the sequel wasn't even based on any of them. One of Chase's greatest roles, Fletch was a charming, cocky chameleon, with a list of aliases as long as his arm and a snarky response always at the ready. After years of us dreading a Kevin Smith-directed reboot, Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the character, and we're excited to think about who might take over the director's chair, not to mention the highly sought-after role. Ben Affleck, Jason Lee and Josh Jackson have all been attached in the past, but we've got our own set of nominees.
Warner Bros. apparently just got the news that superheroes have the potential to make money. Despite the fact that Marvel Comics characters Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and the Hulk have been doing gangbusters in theaters over the past few years, it took The Dark Knight grossing over $800 million worldwide to convince Warner that maybe they should be doing more. So they're finally going to move ahead with a new Superman film in the wake of 2006's disastrous Superman Returns, only this time, they're going to emulate TDK and -- you guessed it -- go dark. Because as we all know, what's good for the goose who watched his parents get murdered is good for the gander who was rocketed to Earth as a baby.
Comic fans were psyched to finally get an official Fantastic Four movie in 2005, especially since the first attempt at a film ended up in Roger Corman's trash bin. The 2005 movie, while ridiculous, poorly acted and primarily played for laughs, still made enough money to get a second film greenlit, which led to the even more ridiculous Rise of the Silver Surfer. It was also more costly, so when it actually brought in less at the box office, 20th Century Fox knew they had to make a change to keep their superhero franchise alive. Now, a reboot is in the works, and we've got four suggestions for how they can put the quartet back on track.
So the news is out that (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb will direct the Spider-Man reboot for Sony, plus two more installments after that. While the man only has one feature film under his belt -- and a hallucinatory musical rom-com, at that -- he's directed dozens of music videos since the late 1990s, which makes him as qualified as any music-video-director-turned-auteur. But what will the appropriately-named director bring to this blockbuster franchise, besides hundreds of terribly punny headlines? (Our favorite: "500 Days of Spiders.") We examined his relatively limited resume to see what we might expect in Spidey 2.0.