Deadline has revealed the shortlist of directors considered for the next iteration of Spider-Man movies, and the names are not what you’d necessarily associate with superhero films: Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation), and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite).
I’m actually an immense fan of Jonathan Levine, who I once suggested was Hollywood’s most romantic director, which is why the pairing seems so unexpected.
That is, until you understand what Amy Pascal’s plans are for the next generation of Spider-Man films:
[Kevin] Feige and his producing accomplice Amy Pascal are planning an arc that will tell the Spidey story over three to four movies, each covering a year of high school for Peter Parker, who’ll already have been bitten by the radioactive spider so we don’t have to see that all over again. The tone they are searching for in the coming of age tale is John Hughes humor and emotion, plus all the superhero stuff.OK, and now those director’s names make perfect sense, and the idea of turning the new Spider-Man franchise into something akin to Harry Potter meets The Breakfast Club is actually a fun idea. Or at least, a new one. The the coming-of-age subgenre is probably my favorite subgenre, and because of my affection for Jonathan Levine, I can actually kind of see this working, should he land the gig.
At least it’s not another origin story, right?
Meanwhile, while it has not been confirmed, rumors suggest that Asa Butterfield (pictured) is the leading candidate to play the new Spidery, appearing first in Captain America: Civil War.