Ah, Sony Pictures... having you and this godforsaken project to beat up on has gotten me over A LOT of personal and professional humps these last few weeks ;)
Anyway, The Hollywood Reporter's "Heat Vision" blog is reporting on "the details" of the "Spider-Man" reboot, more or less confirming what the web snoops have been saying all along:
As expected: A dramatically lower-budget, no "big names" in the main cast (so look for lots of stunt-casting in the villain seats), a high-school setting beginning with at least three installments with heavy, openly-acknowledged influence from Brian Michael Bendis' deplorably-overrated "Ultimate Spider-Man" run. In other words, it's a Buffy/Smallville approach but without the sole saving grace of room-to-grow afforded by television. (How long has it taken "Smallville" to go all the way from complete-shit to kinda-almost-passable, again?) Oh, and Marc Webb IS directing - possible all of the first three - so you may as well get used to how HYSTERICAL the mainstream entertainment press thinks it is that a guy named WEBB is making a Spider-Man movie.
Elsewhere, Chud's Devin Faraci is intimating additional information, namely that the main overrarching plot thread is a chaotic romantic entanglement involving Peter, Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane and Flash Thompson. Yegh. Why not just relocate the whole thing to coastal Washington State and get it over with? http://chud.com/articles/articles/22215/1/WELCOME-TO-SMALLVILLE-SPIDER-MAN/Page1.html
Elsewhere in geek-world, the Fox Network is developing a (presumably Dr. Who-unrelated) "Torchwood" remake for the U.S. Gee... I wonder what the first thing NOT carried-over will be? ;)