Marvel/Sony Take the John Hughes Route with Their Spider-Man Director Shortlist

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 - 11:26AM
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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 - 11:26AM
Marvel/Sony Take the John Hughes Route with Their Spider-Man Director Shortlist
After indie director Marc Webb didn't quite work out when he helmed the Amazing Spider-Man series, we expected that Marvel and Sony might hire a more traditional action-oriented director for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. But instead, Deadline reports that the studios are looking for a director who will interpret Spider-Man as a "coming-of-age tale" with "John Hughes humor and emotion, plus all the superhero stuff."

This sensibility is clearly reflected in their reported shortlist, which includes 50/50 and Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine, St. Vincent's Ted Melfi, Pitch Perfect's Jason Moore, Napoleon Dynamite's Jared Hess, and John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein, the directors and writers of the remake of John Hughes' Vacation.

All of these directors have experience with sentimental comedy rather than action or superhero movies; Warm Bodies is the closest thing to an action cred on the list. I'm personally fine with that; Spider-Man works well as a coming-of-age story, and even though there were many problems with the Amazing Spider-Man movies, Webb always did a great job with the interactions between Peter and Gwen.

I do have a problem with the fact that they're once again considering relatively inexperienced directors and there still aren't any women on the list. Usually, people justify the omission of women by claiming that studios hire the directors with the most experience, and women aren't given much of a chance to direct action films, so it's a vicious cycle. But here, they seem to be ignoring the many talented female directors out there just because it's a movie about a male superhero.

In other news, Deadline also reported that Sony/Marvel are thinking about telling the Spider-Man story over three or four movies, in which each movie would represent one year of high school. But most importantly, they are apparently going to (finally) skip the origin story, so we don't have to watch Peter get bitten by a radioactive spider for the third time in a little over a decade. 

The Spider-Man reboot film is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017.
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