Now that Marvel and Sony have locked down Tom Holland as their titular web-slinging hero and Cop Car helmer John Watts as director, the studio has landed on the Vacation screenwriting duo John Francis Daly and Jonathan M. Goldstein to script the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Deadline reports that Daly and Goldstein are in talks to write the new stand-alone film, after previously collaborating on Horrible Bosses 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
Producer and MCU mastermind Kevin Feige recently commented that they were looking at John Hughes‘ films as an inspiration for the new iteration of Spider-Man, saying, “It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting,” and that they want to merge the superhero genre with Hughes’ classic high-school storytelling in a way that’s never been done.
Much like their choice in director – Watts’ only film before Cop Car was the Eli Roth produced horror feature Clown, the screenwriting pair makes an unexpected choice for the Spider-Man reboot. While Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 definitely had a youthful spirit, their other features have been decidedly R-rated. However, as is always the case when these stories pop up, my inclination is to trust in Marvel’s decision-making skills, which have, with rare exception, been so on-point that they skyrocketed superhero filmmaking to the top of the Hollywood totem pole and ushered in an era of shared-universe filmmaking.
They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them though. The Spider-Man franchise has seen a rough patch in the last few years and fan expectations are high now that Marvel’s in the mix. Not to mention the fact that they’ve got to nail Peter Parker’s iconic wry wit, balancing that with Marvel’s taste for huge action set-pieces, and most importantly in my book, deliver a story with some heart.
What do you guys think? Do Daly and Goldstein fit the bill for you? Can you see them pulling off that John Hughes style high school tale? Sound off in the comments below.
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