According to Deadline, writing/directing team John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein are currently in talks with Marvel to pen the script for their upcoming Spider-Man reboot. The pair were once in the running to also direct the film, but ultimately lost out to Jon Watts (Clown, Cop Car). Fresh off their reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation, the duo are expected to begin writing the film alongside Watts as the studio preps the project for its July 29, 2017 release.
While the lost the director’s chair, the duo clearly managed to impress Feige & Co. with their ideas. The project, rumored to be titled The Spectacular Spider-Man, will fully integrate Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter-ego into the Marvel Cinematic Universe after his debut in Captain America: Civil War next year. Spidey is expected to be nothing more than an extended cameo in that film, which hits theaters on May 6th.
Watts, Daley, and Goldstein shoulder the immense task of not just rebooting Spider-Man for the second time in a little over a decade, but also of crafting what Marvel surely hopes will be seen as THE cinematic Spider-Man for decades to come. It will not be an easy feat, so the more talent they have pooled together, the better.
Casting announcements on the film are still slowly coming along. In addition to the already-set Robert Downey Jr., reprising his role of Iron Man in some capacity, the film will star Tom Holland as Spider-Man. Marisa Tomei was recently cast as Peter Parker’s loving Aunt May and the casting of Uncle Ben is likely to follow in the coming months, along with numerous other roles.
The film might be around a year away from production, but these days big franchise roles are being locked earlier and earlier. After all, if Marvel doesn’t snap up the talent, someone else will! I wouldn’t be too surprised if Marvel has the core cast in place by the time D23 rolls around next month.