LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Spider-Man" movie fans have a new director in their web with a fitting last name.
Marc Webb, whose work includes the critically acclaimed hit romance "(500) Days of Summer," will direct the fourth movie in the billion-dollar film franchise, which is expected in theaters in 2012, Columbia Pictures said on Tuesday.
Webb replaces Sam Raimi at the helm of the movie series that has raked in $2.5 billion worldwide at theaters since 2002.
Earlier this month, the studio said it wanted to turn a "new chapter" in the movies and take the Marvel comic-book crime fighter's alter ego, Peter Parker, back to high school.
Raimi and actor Tobey Maguire, who had portrayed Parker/Spider-Man, bowed out of the production, paving the way for a new director and star, who has yet to be named.
In a statement, Webb said the assignment was a "dream come true." Webb rose through the ranks directing music videos for such bands as Green Day, The All-American Rejects and Weezer.
Columbia is a unit of Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp.
Editing by DeanGoodman