John Dykstra, who just won an Oscar for the visual effects in Spider-Man 2, has signed to become the visual effects designer for director McG's "Hot Wheels" rather than joining Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. Both films will be released by Columbia Pictures.
"I will miss all the terrific people I worked with on 'Spider-Man,' " Dykstra told The Hollywood Reporter. "But this is a great opportunity. I'm an adrenaline junkie; it's an avocation. And what's cool about 'Hot Wheels' is it allows us to explore the language of cars -- from NASA Formula One, to tuners, hot rods, classics, dinosaur cars, monster trucks and so on."
Sony Imageworks' Scott Stokdyk, who also won an Oscar for his work on Spider-Man 2, has stepped in to fill Dykstra's shoes on Spider-Man 3. Dykstra was visual effects designer on the first two "Spider-Man" films, on which Stokdyk was visual effects supervisor.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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