Thompson on Hollywood

Stop the presses! Hitfix announced Saturday that the new Spider-Man looks likely to be Logan Lerman, star of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Tobey Maguire has left the franchise, as Marc Webb takes over directing reins from Sam Raimi. Sony has set the film to open on July 3, 2012. UPDATE: By Sunday, Sony corp PR was denying that Lerman was even on the list of those being considered. Time will tell.

Clearly, this Spider-Man, written by James Vanderbilt, is targeting a younger audience with a teenage Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Studio chief Amy Pascal and Columbia president Matt Tolmach have stated: “At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world." They want this movie "to capture the awe of being in Peter’s shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man’s adventure."

Here's a Percy Jackson trailer: