Sony & Marvel Want A Comedy Director For SPIDER-MAN

There's a director's shortlist out there!

There's a lot of movement on the new Spider-Man movie (alternately called The Spectacular Spider-Man or Spider-Man: The New Avenger depending on who you ask), and in the next week or so  that movement should get solidified. We should have a Peter Parker cast in for Captain America: Civil War, and we should have a director in place for the 2017 rereboot of the series.

Deadline is reporting that they have the shortlist - or most of it, anyway - for directors, and there's something notable: they're all comedy guys. That makes sense; second unit and FX units handle the action, but you need a filmmaker with human chops to handle the characters and their interactions. I quite like this thought process; depending on visually interesting commercial directors has brought us some of the worst movies of the last few years, or at least the best looking movies with terrible characters and a lack of emotions. 

According to Deadline this is the list: 

Jonathan Levine, director of The Wackness, 50/50 and Warm Bodies
Ted Melfi, writer/director of Golden Globe-nommed St. Vincent
Jason Moore, director of Pitch Perfect
John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein, the directors/writers of the new Vacation (and John Francis Daley was, of course, Sam Weir on Freaks and Geeks)
Jared Hess, director of Napoleon Dynamite

I like most of those names, although Jared Hess freaks me out. That's the one guy I'm kind of rooting against. I'm way for Jonathan Levine, who, as a New Yorker, would get Spider-Man in a pretty organic way. In fact Levine is my absolute #1 choice for this... if Drew Goddard isn't in the running. What happened to him? He was all but named director of this at one point.