Over the weekend, we reported that several young actors tested for the coveted Spider-Man role, with Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe emerging as the top six finalists. As it turns out, Sony and Marvel are also narrowing down their choices to direct the new Spider-Man movie as well, with Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) and Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent) considered the front runners for the directorial gig. Other filmmakers who remain in contention are the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation) and relative newcomer Jon Watts, who directed the indie thriller Cop Car that debuted at Sundance and is set to hit theaters August 7.
Both Sony and Marvel quickly narrowed down their field from a dozen directors to these finalists, with the final decision to be made by producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. It remains unclear if the director who wins the job will also write the screenplay. The studios are both meeting with writers, but all of these filmmakers have plenty of writing experience themselves, so they could be tapped to both write and direct, but that has yet to be confirmed.
The studios have set a July 28, 2017 release date for the new Spider-Man movie, with the character first slated to appear in an upcoming Marvel movie, which is almost certainly Captain America: Civil War. While Marvel hasn't confirmed that the new Spidey will first pop up in this movie, all of the aforementioned actors performed their screen tests in Atlanta, where Captain America: Civil War is currently shooting. Which of these filmmakers do you think is the right fit to take on Spider-Man?