Sony, Marvel Getting Closer To Picking Spider-Man Director And Star?


The Spider-Man reboot that will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t going to direct itself, but Sony and Marvel might have at least narrowed the field and gotten closer to making a decision.

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Deadline reports that the studios, which are sharing the creative decisions for the upcoming film, have focused in on two front-runners. They are names we’ve heard before: Ted Melfi and Jonathan Levine, with the winner possibly getting to write, or at least co-write the script as well.

The piece mentions that the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein could still be in the mix as well, along with a new possibility in Jon Watts. Regardless of who eventually gets the job, it sounds like Sony and Marvel should make a decision soon.

There’s also not a whole lot new on the casting front, with Deadline calling Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland the most likely actors to be cast as Peter Parker in “a multi-picture arc that takes the protagonist through high school.” That mirrors earlier rumors on that subject, including one that had Butterfield as close to signing to play this latest iteration of Spider-Man.

Spidey’s next solo film isn’t expected in theaters until July of 2017, but the sense of urgency is most likely on the part of Marvel, since most people expect the wall-crawler to pop up in some form in Captain America: Civil War — and that movie is filming now for release next year. Marvel could, of course, throw anyone into the famous red and blue costume for a short scene, but the impression is that the company would like to get all things Spidey squared away now and put the actual actor into Civil War.

(via Deadline)

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