A new report reveals that Marvel Studios and Sony are closing in on a writer and director for the first film in their new Spider-Man franchise and gives some interesting details on what direction the series is expected to take.
Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are collaborating as co-producers on the new Spider-Man franchise and while all the buzz has been around who will be cast as Peter Parker, it seems the more imminent announcement might be for a director for what's being rumored as Spider-Man: The New Avenger.
According to Latino-Review, the shortlist for directors includes, but is not limited to Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jonathan Levine (50/50 and Warm Bodies), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (upcoming Vacation reboot). Noticeable by his absence is Drew Goddard who was originally rumored to be lined up to write and direct the film, but it is possible that his ugly departure from Marvel's Daredevil may have fractured his relationship with the studio.
Also revealed were details about the direction of the new franchise, which will apparently follow Peter Parker through his entire high school career over the course of 3 or 4 films with a 1980's John Hughes teen-drama mood. Parker will reportedly make his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War, which began filming last week, and it's rumored that we will thankfully NOT be seeing another origin story and will pick up after Parker has been bitten and become Spider-Man.