A lot of people hate January, but Marc Webb probably thinks it's a great month. Last January, his feature debut, 500 Days of Summer, premiered to great acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. And now, a year later (almost to the day), he's signed a deal with Columbia Pictures to direct the new Spider-Man film, as was rumored last week. What's more, while the press release from Columbia only mentions one film, New York Magazine's Vulture column says Webb's actually been contracted to do a whole new trilogy.

Given that the studio wants the Spidey reboot to focus on Peter Parker's high school days, Webb is a good choice. (That's him in the picture, if you wondered what he looks like.) The Golden Globe-nominated 500 Days has a funny take on young angst, at once romantic, realistic, and fantastical -- all necessary elements in a good Spider-Man tale. 500 Days was his first feature film, but he's done award-winning music videos for such youth-friendly bands as Green Day, Weezer, My Chemical Romance, and All-American Rejects.

The press release (which you can read here) doesn't give a title for the film, which has been written by James Vanderbilt, nor does it mention whether it will be in 3D, as has been rumored. All we have is a release date, sort of: summer 2012. Production will start later this year.

What do you think? If you've seen 500 Days, do you think Webb will be a good fit? How many Spider-Man/Webb puns can you come up with?
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