Two weeks ago, Deadline broke the news that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who were formerly in the running to direct the untitled 2017 Spider-Man film, had signed on to write the film for director Jon Watts. While Marvel has yet to officially announce their hiring, Daley and Goldstein have confirmed they’ve signed onto the project, and have talked about the process that led to them landing the gig.
While doing press for their upcoming release, Vacation, which includes Thor himself, **Chris Hemsworth, Daley and Goldstein confirmed their involvement with the project to NPR, going on to say that they can finally acknowledge they’re writing the film.
Daly also commented on Peter’s humor, saying that,
… 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.
The pair also sat down to talk to Deadline, who broke the story originally, and explained how they went from being in the race to direct the film to ultimately writing it.
DEADLINE: It’s been a twisty road in setting the filmmaker, star and writers for this Spider-Man film, the first one done with Marvel maestro Kevin Feige leading the way. Deadline reported several times you guys were on a short list to direct the movie. That job went to Jon Watts and then you resurface as the writers. How did that process go down?
GOLDSTEIN: Our agent helped get our foot in the door with Marvel, sending them a script we had written, and letting them know our track record and that we’d love to move from broad comedy to action and action comedy. Also, it helped that Kevin Feige wanted to draw on the spirit of John Hughes for this Spider-Man, and we had just written and directed a sequel to a John Hughes-created franchise with Vacation. We’d pitched ourselves to both write and direct, and so our pitch included a pretty extensive story outline that appealed to them. After Jon Watts got the directing job, they came back and asked if we would be interested in doing the script. The answer was, yes.
With both Daley and Goldstein having confirmed they’ve signed on to write the film, an official confirmation from Marvel can’t be too far behind. The as yet untitled Spider-Man film will hit movie theaters on July 28th, 2017.
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