‘Spider-Man’ Director Shortlist Revealed for Sony and Marvel’s Joint Reboot
Last we heard, Asa Butterfield is Sony and Marvel’s top pick to become the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man. While we await the final casting decision (Tom Holland is also reportedly in the mix), a new report has revealed the list of names being seriously considered for the director’s chair on Spidey’s new solo film. And only one of those names seems like a vaguely good idea. Just one.
Deadline reports that Sony and Marvel’s shortlist for Spider-Man includes Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine, Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess, St. Vincent writer/director Ted Melfi, Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore, and filmmaking duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, who are responsible for the upcoming Vacation reboot.
It’s being reported that Sony and Marvel are envisioning a John Hughes-esque take on the new Spider-Man film, which will take Parker back to high school, where the studios plan on keeping him for a lot longer than previous franchise efforts.
The only name that jumps out on that list, really, is Levine, who made his directorial debut with All the Boys Love Mandy Lane before delivering the critically-acclaimed 50/50. Levine has a wider range of directorial skills, while someone like Hess is more narrowly focused on awkward comedy (which, okay, high school for Peter Parker is awkward). Hess’ previous work also includes Nacho Libre and Gentleman Broncos, both of which were okay — just okay.
Melfi also doesn’t seem like a great choice, but given the coming-of-age slant of the underwhelming St. Vincent, it’s easy to see why he’s on the list. Daley and Goldstein, who previously collaborated on Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, have a wackier sense of humor — but their sense of humor also often skews a bit crude.
And finally there’s Jason Moore, who delivered one of the biggest surprises with Pitch Perfect, a vibrant musical comedy that was way more successful than anyone could have anticipated. If Moore could help that film surpass expectations, perhaps he could help turn Spidey around?
I’m curious which side had more heft in choosing these directors, as the list reads as fairly mediocre. Each of these filmmakers has their strengths, but none of them immediately jump out as an exciting choice for a Spider-Man movie.
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