Ever since the Sony and Marvel deal for Spider-Man was announced earlier this year, things have slowly been falling into place. Back in June, Tom Holland was confirmed as the new Peter Parker, while up and coming director Jon Watts was confirmed to direct the feature. Since then, there have been talks of Marisa Tomei being in talks for the role of Aunt May, as well as the confirmation of a writing team – John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. And while most of those involved with the reboot have opened up about the project, one person that has been silent has been Watts.
While doing promo for the release of his Sundance hit, Cop Car, Watts opened up to Entertainment Weekly about what it’s like going from an indie like Cop Car to one of the biggest franchises with Spider-Man, and how he ended up landing the coveted gig.
Sundance used to be a place where the boutique distributors went to find the next art-house hit and Oscar underdog. In recent years, Sundance has become the place where the studios go to find the next fresh filmmaker to take on a larger project, like Colin Trevorrow, with Jurassic World, and yourself, with Spider-Man. When you look back, how did this happen?
I’m not really sure what happened. I had never been to Sundance before. I was nervous because that was the first time we were showing the movie to an actual crowd. So I was dealing with that. I mean, Sundance is like a genre. At least it was to me growing up and in film school: it’s like a Sundance kind of a movie. But [Marvel] got to see Cop Car and they really liked it. But yeah, this trend is interesting. Now, I’ve got to make a slightly more expensive version. It’s an opportunity to just have a much bigger canvas instead of just scrapping together any story you can.
When asked what he thinks that Holland brings to the role that we haven’t seen previously, Watts goes on to explain that Holland captures who Spider-Man is.
He can be a real high school student. That’s why people love Spider-Man. He’s the most grounded, relatable of superheroes. And Tom can really do that. He captures that. And he can do a standing back-flip. He’s perfect.
As Spider-Man will make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, which will be directed by the Russo brothers, Entertainment Weekly had to ask what it’s like to collaborate with the other filmmakers going into this project.
I mean, it’s a big universe, so everyone sort of works with each other to make sure that there’s continuity and that it all fits together. It’s really exciting actually. We’re just getting started, working on the script and all that, but it’s going to be a great process.
The next Spider-Man film, which is still untitled, will hit movie theaters on July 28th, 2017.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.