Last week, a report surfaced that John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, who wrote and directed the upcoming Vacation reboot, have signed on to write the screenplay for Sony and Marvel's new Spider-Man reboot. The filmmakers were actually contenders to direct the superhero adventure, but that job went to Jon Watts, whose festival favorite Cop Car hits theaters this August. The studios have yet to comment on the writers' hiring, but during an interview with NPR, they were finally able to confirm that they are, in fact, penning the new Spider-Man movie. Here's what John Francis Daley had to say during the interview.
"We can finally acknowledge that. This is the first time that we can say that we are writing it."
Jonathan M. Goldstein added that they've been "saying 'no comment' for the last week," and that they're "thrilled" to land this coveted writing job. Before they both made their directing debut with Vacation, they co-wrote the scripts for comedies such as Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.John Francis Daley thinks comedy is an important part of who Peter Parker is. Here's what the writer had to say about the comedic nature of Spider-Man
"He's a sharp kid and witty and kind of deals with the fact that he's an outcast and a geek through humor. It is sort of the safety net for geeks like us, so I think we can totally relate to where he's coming from. As well as the superpowers, which we also have."
Tom Holland has been set to star as the web slinger, with Marisa Tomei said to be the top choice to play Peter's guardian Aunt May. All we know about the story thus far is that Peter Parker will be in high school, already leading a double life as the superhero Spider-Man, as he tries to juggle his school work with fighting crime. The movie is said to be the first in a trilogy, with each movie taking place during one year of high school. It isn't known yet who will serve as the villain in this new adventure, but Peter Parker will first be popping up in a completely different movie.
When Sony and Marvel made their deal for Spidey to come into the MCU, it was revealed that the beloved character will first appear in a Marvel movie, which is Captain America: Civil War, currently shooting in Atlanta. It isn't known how large of a role Spider-Man will have in Captain America: Civil War yet, but Tom Holland and the other finalists all tested for the role in Atlanta alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Spider-Man was featured in the Civil War comics, but it isn't known how the story may or may not be altered for the movie adaptation.
Since the cast is coming together quite quickly, hopefully we'll find out who the villain is soon. There have been several villains used in the first two incarnations of Spider-Man, including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom, Sandman, Electro and Rhino, just to name a few. It remains to be seen if any of these evil characters will come back, or if they will use a whole new set of evil-doers. Are you looking forward to the new Spider-Man? Will the third time finally be the charm for this superhero franchise?