And so the Spider-Man saga continues. After hearing that Sony is seriously considering allowing Spidey to appear in Captain America: Civil War, and may also end up rebooting the property with the help of Marvel, we’re now learning some details on what exactly the studio has in mind for the reboot, should they go ahead with it.
Thanks to the recent Sony hack, new emails have surfaced that give us an idea of the plan for the proposed Spider-Man reboot. An email from Jeff Robinov, head of Studio 8, to Sony Pictures co-chairman, Amy Pascal, said the following:
“To argue that there’s plenty of other superhero movies with levity in the marketplace, so why make more Spider-Man movies, would be akin to saying there’s no room for James Bond films because of all the espionage films and franchises that have come out over the years. There will always be room for this beloved, iconic hero.”
“In the next Spider-Man movies, we can’t go back to his origin story. Think of the 25 films in the James Bond franchise; just because a new creative team comes aboard, and breathes new life into a classic property, doesn’t mean the origin story has to be retold.”
Next, Robinov lists several directors that he’d like to consider for the reboot. Of course, this is more of a wishlist than anything else, and it’s not clear if any of these individuals have actually had serious talks with the studio about tackling the property. Still, it does give us an indication of who Sony has in mind and what direction they’re hoping to head in.
- Brad Bird
- Edgar Wright
- David Yates
- Damien Chazelle
- Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
- Phil Lord & Chris Miller
- Colin Trevorrow
- James Gunn
- Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
- Joe Cornish
- Don Hall & Chris Williams
- Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg
Obviously, a lot of these directors would be unlikely to take on a Spider-Man reboot. Most of them are already tied up with huge franchises of their own and probably wouldn’t have the time to add more to their already busy plates. That being said, there are definitely some interesting/unexpected names on there, and it’s nice to get an idea of what kind of filmmaker Sony wants to step behind the camera for the reboot, should it move forward.