After an extensive, exhaustive hunt conducted by the heads of both Marvel and Sony, The Impossible‘s Tom Holland was selected as the next actor to portray everyone’s favorite neighborhood Spider-Man, and Jon Watts (Cop Car) was tapped to sit in the director’s chair on a planned stand-alone for the webslinger.
Now, Deadline is reporting that the studios are in talks with John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein to pen the Spider-Man reboot. The pair, who wrote and directed this summer’s Vacation remake for Warner Bros., were previously on a shortlist to direct before the gig went to Watts.
Daley and Goldstein will immediately get to work on a script in order to meet the planned summer 2017 release date already set by Marvel and Sony. The duo are a somewhat unexpected choice to write a superhero movie, given that their past collaborations include the Horrible Bosses films, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, none of which really fit into the action genre.
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That said, Marvel and Sony have been nothing if not unpredictable in plotting the Spider-Man reboot. Watts is a fresh face in the directing game, having previously helmed little-seen horror Clown and Sundance-released Kevin Bacon thriller Cop Car.
And since casting Holland, the studios have also enlisted Marisa Tomei to play Aunt May, a shift away from much older actresses taking on the comic-book character.