The 2017 Spider-Man reboot from Marvel Studios is ever so slowly coming together. Tom Holland is set to be the third guy to play the wall-crawler, indie Sundance filmmaker Jon Watts is directing and actress Marisa Tomei is in talks to play Aunt May. There are several important pieces of the puzzle left; a director of photography, the rest of the cast, a composer, but perhaps the most important role has finally been fulfilled – that of a writer, or in this case, writers.
Jonathan Goldstein and John Daley were reportedly on Marvel’s watchlist for writing duties a few weeks ago, but in an interview with NPR the duo have revealed that they’re officially on board.
On the writing the Spiderman (GRRRRRRR) reboot
Daley: We can finally acknowledge that.
Goldstein: We’ve been saying no comment for the last week.
Daley: This is the first time that we can say that we are writing it.
Goldstein: We’re thrilled.
Daley: … He’s a sharp kid and witty and kind of deals with the fact that he’s an outcast and a geek through humor. It is sort of the safety net for geeks like us, so I think we can totally relate to where he’s coming from. As well as the superpowers, which we also have.
That last part is especially exciting to me because it sounds as if they totally get Peter Parker. However, are they up to snuff in the creative department? They wrote both Horrible Bosses movies (come on, they weren’t THAT bad) and the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs sequel, which wasn’t as well-received as the first movie but still got good reviews. Most notably, however, the team have directed the sequel/reboot of the National Lampoon franchise, Vacation, due out in a few days. This actually put them on the shortlist to direct the new reboot, and while that obviously didn’t work out for them it’s nice to see that they’re still getting involved in a major capacity.
Unless Vacation ends up being horrible then we should be in for a pretty good Spider-Man movie. For most Marvel movies, unless it’s a writer-director involved they typically get an in-house writer to develop the script but it’s good to see some diversity being brought in rather than the same few names popping up. It also helps that these guys have a background in comedy which Marvel movies are famous for. Their comedic knowledge and Watts’ action experience should make the new reboot a cracker, and I for one am very excited.