It’s amazing to see how far writing pair John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein have come. Daley familiarly started out in the Judd Apatow stable as one of the lead kids on “Freaks & Geeks.” While his career didn’t take off in front of the camera like Seth Rogen or Jason Segel, Daley did take Apatow’s write, write, write and write creed to heart. The pair haven’t written any classic comedies (yet), and their movies “Horrible Bosses,” its sequel, and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” aren’t superb, but they’ve consistently been penning high profile work.
Just how good is their “Vacation” reboot? (Which they wrote and also directed.) According to Warner Bros., it’s terrific—they moved their directorial debut up from an October date to a much stronger summer bow. By all early accounts, it’s going to be a big hit. Thanks to their screenwriting prowess, Daley and Goldstein have earned themselves a highly coveted gig: writing Sony/Marvel’s “Spider-Man” reboot.
Marvel must have been impressed with their pitch, while they didn’t get the directing gig—that went to “Cop Car” filmmaker Jon Watts—they were on the shortlist of filmmakers considered, and it seems they have circled back to them, presumably, for their original story.
The next “Spider-Man” film will star Tom Holland as Peter Parker, and it will not be an origin story. The film is already set for July 28, 2017. Marvel chief Kevin Feige has already said the new “Spider-Man” will have a more comedic tone in the vein of John Hughes. Since Daley and Goldstein have just rewritten a comedy originally penned by Hughes, this certainly seems fitting. [Deadline]