Will One Of These 6 Directors Make The New ‘Spider-Man’ Movie?
We don’t know who the new Peter Parker is just yet, unless it’s Martin Freeman, but it’s not. Likewise, we don’t know who the new “Spider-Man” director is — but as of today, we do have a few potential names in the mix.
Deadline has called out six contenders for the director’s chair on the “Spider-Man” reboot, suggesting that there could be more in the mix, but that a decision is likely to happen soon… like, within the next two weeks. That’s soon!
So, who’s in the running for the friendliest neighborhood director’s chair? Here’s who we’re looking at…
Director of zombie heartthrob flick “Warm Bodies,” Levine’s reputation speaks for itself — and maybe he could woo Nicholas Hoult away from the “X-Men” franchise and over to Spidey? Hey, we can dream. And we can dream even bigger: Levine was behind the lens on “50/50,” the cancer-centric dramedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, frequently kicked around as a great pick for Peter Parker, especially right when his “(500) Days of Summer” pal Marc Webb landed the “Amazing Spider-Man” gig. Seems like Marvel’s going younger for their new movie Spider-Man, but again, we can dream, and we will!
He made his feature film debut last year with “St. Vincent,” about the unlikely friendship between a young boy and his eccentric next door neighbor, Vincent, played by Bill Murray. If Melfi can once again lure Murray into one of his films, and line up the enigmatic “Ghostbusters” legend as J. Jonah Jameson, then Melfi has my vote for “Spider-Man” director right freaking now. (Even if Melfi doesn’t get the job, can we will Murray as JJJ into existence, kind of like how Ray dreamed the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man into reality? Everyone, let’s do this on the count of three.)
Elizabeth Banks is the mastermind of “Pitch Perfect 2,” but it’s Moore who brought us the Barden Bellas before anyone else. (I’m putting the vote in now for Anna Kendrick as Mary Jane, by the way. Marvel, do the right thing.) Beyond “Pitch Perfect,” Moore’s next movie is “Sisters,” reuniting Weekend Update and Golden Globes power duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for their first co-starring movie since “Baby Mama.” Moore clearly knows comedy, and clearly knows pressure, having working with some of the funniest people in the business.
John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein
In another universe, Daley would have been a terrific high school aged Peter Parker. Heck, he basically WAS high school aged Peter Parker as Sam Weir in “Freaks & Geeks.” Lord knows he has a wealth of material to draw on if he gets the chance to direct the new “Spider-Man.” Daley’s an accomplished writer and director in his own right now, working with Goldstein on the new “Vacation” reboot for Warner Bros., hitting theaters this summer.
Hess might not have nunchuck skills or computer hacking skills, but he knows a thing or two about the awkwardness of adolescence, as the man who brought you “Napoleon Dynamite.” What more do you need to know? GOSH.
Whoever directs the new “Spider-Man,” it’ll be in front of our faces on July 28, 2017. Spidey himself will swing into theaters even earlier, popping up in “Captain America: Civil War” alongside everyone else in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.