Deadline has learned that Marvel has narrowed its search for a director for their first “Spider-Man” solo film to directors Ted Melfi (“St. Vincent”) and Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”). Additionally, the report mentions that Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland are the current frontrunners for the lead role of Peter Parker. The report also mentions that “Horrible Bosses” screenwriters and directors of the upcoming “Vacation” update John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein are still in contention for the job.
Deadline’s write-up indicates that Marvel is looking for a director to not only handle 2017’s “Spider-Man,” but also that film’s sequels which will “take the protagonist through high school.” It’s not yet known if the director of “Spider-Man” will also pen the script; Melfi also wrote the screenplay for “St. Vincent,” a comedy-drama starring Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray, and Levine served as screenwriter for his zombie romcom “Warm Bodies.” Still, Marvel is reportedly also meeting with screenwriters, so it’s not guaranteed that “Spider-Man” will be lead by a writer/director.
Things are apparently heating up for Marvel’s “Spider-Man,” with the studio having narrowed down their initial list of helmers down to just a handful. The same movement is being made in the acting field as well, with six actors reportedly screen-testing for the lead role in Atlanta over the weekend. While it has yet to be officially confirmed, it’s widely expected that Spider-Man will debut in the currently-filming (in Atlanta) “Captain America: Civil War.” The first solo Spider-Man film under Marvel and Sony’s new partnership opens on July 28, 2017.
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