Sony & Marvel Reportedly Narrow "Spider-Man" Director Choices to Five

A Thursday afternoon report on Deadline contains plenty of new "Spider-Man" movie news, including the names of five directors/directing teams said to be Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios' shortlist: Jonathan Levine ("50/50," "Warm Bodies"), Ted Melfi ("St. Vincent"), Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect"), John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein (the upcoming "Vacation" revival) and Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite"). Deadline states that list may not be "all inclusive," but a choice could come as early as next week.

Additionally, Deadline cites "rumors" saying that the plan for the rebooted franchise is for three to four films, each covering a year of high school for Peter Parker. As suggested in earlier reports, it's said the plan is for Spidey to already have his powers, avoiding once again telling the character's origin. The desired tone is described as "John Hughes humor and emotion, plus all the superhero stuff."

The search for a new Peter Parker continues, with the report stating that decision may be made before a director is named, due to expectations for the character to appear in Marvel Studios' "Captain America: Civil War," scheduled for release roughly a year from today -- May 6, 2016.

In February, it was announced that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures had reached a deal to share big-screen control of Spider-Man, with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and former Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal producing the character's next solo film, to be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity. Additionally, the first appearance of the new Spider-Man will be in a Marvel Studios film, widely expected to be "Captain America: Civil War."

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