In the wake of the massive opening of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, it’s no surprise that the audition process everybody’s talking about is the selection of a director for the next iteration of Sony Pictures’ live-action Spider-Man franchise, the first one that teams rights holder Sony Pictures with Marvel Studios genius Kevin Feige (after Ultron became Marvel’s ninth straight hit, is that designation overstatement?)
There are all kinds of rumors raging about the wall crawler, including that Feige and his producing accomplice Amy Pascal are planning an arc that will tell the Spidey story over three to four movies, each covering a year of high school for Peter Parker, who’ll already have been bitten by the radioactive spider so we don’t have to see that all over again. The tone they are searching for in the coming of age tale is John Hughes humor and emotion, plus all the superhero stuff.
Here are the filmmakers I’m told are seriously in the mix right now. Don’t take this as being all inclusive, but it sounds like things are moving quickly and they could make a decision by the end of next week and make a final choice with studio chief Tom Rothman. There is 50/50 and Warm Bodies writer/helmer Jonathan Levine; Ted Melfi, writer/director of Golden Globe-nommed St. Vincent; Pitch Perfect helmer Jason Moore; John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein, the directors/writers of the updated version of John Hughes’ Vacation; and Napoleon Dynamite and Don Verdean writer/director Jared Hess.
Noticeably absent from the list is Drew Goddard. Goddard (a Joss Whedon protege) was tapped as the showrunner for Daredevil before abandoning Marvel for Sony in order to take over their ailing Spider-Franchise, which was listing and taking on water after the disappointment of Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Our very own Stillanerd looked into what Sony and Goddard had planned for the Sinister Six movie and at one point Goddard was rumored to be taking over the MCU Spidey – but now Goddard’s name seems to be out. Based on the Sony emails released on Wikileaks, there may have been some bad blood between Goddard and Marvel after he quit Daredevil. The deal between Disney Marvel and Sony may have removed Goddard from Spider-consideration.