Deadline reports two frontrunners for the Spider-Man directing job, as Jonathan Levine and St. Vincent director Tedi Melfi are being strongly looked at by Marvel and Sony. Vacation reboot/sequel directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein are also being mentioned.
Levine seems to be a standout between the two names, since he was in talks with Marvel to direct Doctor Strange, before they ended-up hiring Scott Derrickson for the gig, it’s possible they still wanted him for something in the future. It doesn’t hurt that The Wackness and 50/50 did appeal to many of the demographic that would be critical of the new Spider-Man director.
For whatever reason, Jared Hess and Drew Goddard are nowhere to be seen in this new report. Even though it was said at one point that Drew would still be involved creatively, but that is looking very unlikely as this point, unless they keep him on board to pen the script. Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars), who was previously in the running has since been scooped-up by 20th Century Fox for their X-Men spinoff and possible reboot of the franchise, The New Mutants.
However, a new name has entered the race, as Cop Car director Jon Watts has been added as a possible candidate. It’s certainly a slightly more interesting choice considering that the Kevin Bacon film is seemingly darker than you’d expect with two leads being children.
It remains to be seen who will end-up our new Peter Parker even though Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland are frontrunners, the studio is still looking at other potential leads.
The new Spider-Man reboot set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set for release in July 2017.