Marc Webb recalls offer to first helm "Spider-Man"

March 10th, 2014

Marc Webb thought it was ''crazy'' when he was first offered the chance to direct 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.

The 39-year-old filmmaker - who was recently confirmed to helm Andrew Garfield in the third instalment of the superhero franchise - was initially surprised when he was approached by Sony boss, Amy Pascal, to make a remake of Sam Raimi's 2002 film 'Spider-Man'.

Talking at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, in Austin, Texas, he told the audience: ''I thought it was crazy.''

Pascal responded to his hesitations by saying: ''Honey, you can't turn down Spider-Man.''

Webb wants the film franchise to be ''fantastic'' and ''big'', in keeping with how children feel when they read about the Marvel superhero, who was first created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko.

He added: ''I'm going to embrace the spectacle. There was a moment deep in the [first film's] post-production process where a giant lizard smashed through a wall chasing a boy-man in a unitard and I said, 'This is not grounded. I'm not going to be beholden to smallness. I want it to be fantastic, to be big, to command and express that feeling when you're a kid and reading the comics.' I didn't want to hide or shy away from that.''