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Sony has narrowed list to 4 front-runners to direct the reboot of Spider-man

06.02.2015

With the clock winding down for Sony, the studio is feeling the pressure to not only cast the reboot of SPIDER-MAN but also to find a writer and director. Amy Pascal and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige are close to finding a filmmaker to spearhead their new franchise and have narrowed the shortlist from 12 contenders down to four. According to Deadline, those contenders are Ted Melfi, Jonathan Levine, John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, and Jon Watts.

Some of the names are recognizable while others may be new to you, but all four candidates are young filmmakers who also have track records as screenwriters. There is no confirmation as to whether the director of the new SPIDER-MAN will also write it, but it would seem a distinct possibility with this group.

Jonathan Levine is best known for ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE and WARM BODIES along with his Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt collaborations 50/50 and XMAS. Ted Melfi received acclaim for the Bill Murray-led ST VINCENT while John Francis Daley is best known for his starring role on Freaks & Geeks but has also partnered with Jonathan Goldstein to direct the upcoming Ed Helms-led sequel VACATION. The outlier here is Jon Watts who directed the Kevin Bacon thriller COP CAR. Of these candidates, there doesn't seem to be a consistent tone, style, or theme to their work but there is clearly a lot of comedy work here rather than action. It also seems reminiscent of the selection of Marc Webb who was known for indie work like (500) DAYS OF SUMMER before he helmed THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN movies.

No matter who gets selected, I just hope this is finally the time they get the character right. Sam Raimi's films felt like living comic books and Webb's series got the Peter Parker character down pat. This new SPIDER-MAN needs to get it all right as well as work within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. Here's hoping they make the right choice from this interesting array of candidates.

SPIDER-MAN hits theaters on July 28, 2017.

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11:00AM on 06/03/2015
Can we please pick a Spider-Man director that knows how to do good action this time around? Some of Marc Webb's worst weakness in his Spider-Man movies was his over-reliance on CGI and the uneven, disjointed feel between the rom-com drama and the action parts.
Can we please pick a Spider-Man director that knows how to do good action this time around? Some of Marc Webb's worst weakness in his Spider-Man movies was his over-reliance on CGI and the uneven, disjointed feel between the rom-com drama and the action parts.
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10:47AM on 06/03/2015
Where the hell did that post-credits scene come from? I saw the movie in Canada, so maybe it wasn't attached to those cuts of the film sent to Canadian cinemas? Fucking awesome teaser though.
Where the hell did that post-credits scene come from? I saw the movie in Canada, so maybe it wasn't attached to those cuts of the film sent to Canadian cinemas? Fucking awesome teaser though.
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12:33PM on 06/03/2015
According to another commenter, it was fan made.
According to another commenter, it was fan made.
4:14AM on 06/03/2015
Ted Melfi wouldn't be horrible, I don't think. Maybe. It really depends on whether they can get a director who a) has a strong enough personality that the movie isn't bland, but also b) has a vision for the character that's shared with the studio/Marvel. That's what will REALLY decide which director is best, and you can't really tell that based on their films.
Ted Melfi wouldn't be horrible, I don't think. Maybe. It really depends on whether they can get a director who a) has a strong enough personality that the movie isn't bland, but also b) has a vision for the character that's shared with the studio/Marvel. That's what will REALLY decide which director is best, and you can't really tell that based on their films.
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2:20AM on 06/03/2015
I would think John Francis Daley would be better known for his 7 year run on Bones and not a show that was only on for a year.
I would think John Francis Daley would be better known for his 7 year run on Bones and not a show that was only on for a year.
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9:41PM on 06/02/2015

if it could be anyone not on the list..

i had thought robert zemeckis would be a good fit for a spider-man movie. then i saw the trailer for "the walk". and well... tell me that's not a scene from a spider-man movie!
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i had thought robert zemeckis would be a good fit for a spider-man movie. then i saw the trailer for "the walk". and well... tell me that's not a scene from a spider-man movie!
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7:50PM on 06/02/2015
Out of the four, Jonathan Levine would be my pick. But this isn't really an inspiring list to be excited about. In a perfect cinematic world, I would love to see Raimi take another crack at it since his Spider Man films are the superior ones and some of the best movies in the genre.
Out of the four, Jonathan Levine would be my pick. But this isn't really an inspiring list to be excited about. In a perfect cinematic world, I would love to see Raimi take another crack at it since his Spider Man films are the superior ones and some of the best movies in the genre.
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7:23PM on 06/02/2015
I honestly think that most established directors probably don't want to work on a major comic book film. It feels like you have very little control over casting, and even story or style if they're trying to tie it into other films or sequels. Not to mention some properties like Spider-man, which has had 5 movies in a dozen years, feels a bit worn out at this point. Also, the studio realizes that these films have a built in audience, so there's no need to try to hard with getting experienced,
I honestly think that most established directors probably don't want to work on a major comic book film. It feels like you have very little control over casting, and even story or style if they're trying to tie it into other films or sequels. Not to mention some properties like Spider-man, which has had 5 movies in a dozen years, feels a bit worn out at this point. Also, the studio realizes that these films have a built in audience, so there's no need to try to hard with getting experienced, interesting directors. Sometimes the end result is still good, but sometimes you get a very plain movie.
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7:22PM on 06/02/2015
You know what, I'm not going to shit on Sony for these choices. I'll wait and see how it turns out. I say this for one reason, Marvel is working with them and just look at Winter Soldier. I mean the Russos highest claim to fame when chosen for that was Community and Arrested Development episodes. So I won't judge them on this. Of them I'd like to see Daley given a shot.
You know what, I'm not going to shit on Sony for these choices. I'll wait and see how it turns out. I say this for one reason, Marvel is working with them and just look at Winter Soldier. I mean the Russos highest claim to fame when chosen for that was Community and Arrested Development episodes. So I won't judge them on this. Of them I'd like to see Daley given a shot.
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6:09PM on 06/02/2015
Ugh, here we go again with Sony trying to get some barely experienced & boring as hell indie filmmaker (I guess they are easier to control?)

Also, Webb did not get Parker down pat, those movies were just awful.
Ugh, here we go again with Sony trying to get some barely experienced & boring as hell indie filmmaker (I guess they are easier to control?)

Also, Webb did not get Parker down pat, those movies were just awful.
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4:20PM on 06/03/2015
Yes he did. Garfield's Parker is exactly like the comic books. Alex is right you are wrong.
Yes he did. Garfield's Parker is exactly like the comic books. Alex is right you are wrong.
5:43PM on 06/02/2015
Just give it to Jonathan Levine.
Just give it to Jonathan Levine.
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5:32PM on 06/02/2015

Boooo

When they got Sam Raimi for the originals it was a very inspired choice for a director. This list is just young up and comers, which could have been the problem with the last go around. I was kind of hoping with the 3rd attempt at this franchise that they'd go with an old veteran. I mean look at what George Miller just did with Mad Max, some one old school with good experience around FX laden movies would have been awesome
When they got Sam Raimi for the originals it was a very inspired choice for a director. This list is just young up and comers, which could have been the problem with the last go around. I was kind of hoping with the 3rd attempt at this franchise that they'd go with an old veteran. I mean look at what George Miller just did with Mad Max, some one old school with good experience around FX laden movies would have been awesome
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5:32PM on 06/02/2015
Spider-Man 1 & 2 nailed it.
Spider-Man 1 & 2 nailed it.
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5:24PM on 06/02/2015
Why does everyone keep saying that they nailed Peter Parker in the Amazing Spiderman movies? I don't think they nailed it at all. He was not nerdy enough and way too hipster cool.
Why does everyone keep saying that they nailed Peter Parker in the Amazing Spiderman movies? I don't think they nailed it at all. He was not nerdy enough and way too hipster cool.
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4:23PM on 06/03/2015
Because he did. What is "hipster cool" to you?
I guess you prefer the extremely whiny, weak Macguire version with the punchable face.
Because he did. What is "hipster cool" to you?
I guess you prefer the extremely whiny, weak Macguire version with the punchable face.
4:44PM on 06/02/2015
Jonathan Levine is still the only one on here I'd want to see direct this. He's worked with a budget before, he's shown he can handle different genres. Heck, he's even from New York if that means anything. I think the lean toward comedic directors isn't an accident, but it'd be nice to get some variety in there.
Jonathan Levine is still the only one on here I'd want to see direct this. He's worked with a budget before, he's shown he can handle different genres. Heck, he's even from New York if that means anything. I think the lean toward comedic directors isn't an accident, but it'd be nice to get some variety in there.
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4:39PM on 06/02/2015
Why can't they use genre directors....guys who love comics, sci-fi and horror? These are the types of directors...not guys who've directed romantic indie comedies....this is the reason why these last spidey movies weren't awesome....we need someone who knows what looks cool, what comic book fans want...someone who understand then comic book/sci/fi world.
Why can't they use genre directors....guys who love comics, sci-fi and horror? These are the types of directors...not guys who've directed romantic indie comedies....this is the reason why these last spidey movies weren't awesome....we need someone who knows what looks cool, what comic book fans want...someone who understand then comic book/sci/fi world.
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4:38PM on 06/02/2015

This is very low caliber

When you want to reboot a big name franchise that previously underwhelmed at the box office, you want to create excitement with your choice of directors. This list is so unproven, it feels like the studio is trying to be cheap again.

And would it kill them to give a shot to a woman or a person of color when trying to find some new talent? I know it gives you less good press then race-bending a well-liked character and publicly complain about the outrage but still...
When you want to reboot a big name franchise that previously underwhelmed at the box office, you want to create excitement with your choice of directors. This list is so unproven, it feels like the studio is trying to be cheap again.

And would it kill them to give a shot to a woman or a person of color when trying to find some new talent? I know it gives you less good press then race-bending a well-liked character and publicly complain about the outrage but still...
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4:13PM on 06/02/2015
Sorry all.. but reading past articles I was under the impression Marvel was seeing over this entire project and Sony just gets their cut.
Sorry all.. but reading past articles I was under the impression Marvel was seeing over this entire project and Sony just gets their cut.
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3:54PM on 06/02/2015

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where did that after credits scene come from??? Fan Made?
where did that after credits scene come from??? Fan Made?
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5:01PM on 06/02/2015
yes, it came out just before Avengers 2 released claiming to be a bootlegged version of its post credit scene, it was later revealed to be at fake yet awesome fan made teaser.
yes, it came out just before Avengers 2 released claiming to be a bootlegged version of its post credit scene, it was later revealed to be at fake yet awesome fan made teaser.
3:03PM on 06/02/2015
Ugh. I'm sick of Spidey. Five mediocre films in barely 10 years. I'm over it. I get it. It's all Sony has, superhero-wise. They have no choice but to milk it. But the Sony-Spidey udder has run dry for me. The Mark Webber movies were perfectly cromulent but utterly forgettable and I've never been a huge fan of the Spidey series outside of the original Raimi-Maguire version.
Ugh. I'm sick of Spidey. Five mediocre films in barely 10 years. I'm over it. I get it. It's all Sony has, superhero-wise. They have no choice but to milk it. But the Sony-Spidey udder has run dry for me. The Mark Webber movies were perfectly cromulent but utterly forgettable and I've never been a huge fan of the Spidey series outside of the original Raimi-Maguire version.
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3:02PM on 06/02/2015

Hmm...

What happened with Drew Goddard? Thought he was posed to take over this film? Wish he was, because i'm not very optimistic about these 4 front-runners.
And youre right, they sound like Marc Webb-style directors.. which didnt work out last time.
What happened with Drew Goddard? Thought he was posed to take over this film? Wish he was, because i'm not very optimistic about these 4 front-runners.
And youre right, they sound like Marc Webb-style directors.. which didnt work out last time.
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