The Next Spider-Man Movie Will Be Written By the Vacation Duo

By  · Published on July 17th, 2015

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Another Freaks and Geeks actor is joining a Spider-Man movie. John Francis Daley, who co-starred with former Harry Osborn portrayer James Franco on the short-lived series, is one part of a pair signed on to write the next Spidey reboot, according to Deadline. His partner is Jonathan M. Goldstein, with whom he wrote Horrible Bosses, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the upcoming Vacation reboot sequel. They also directed Vacation and had been reportedly shortlisted to helm Spider-Man. Instead, Jon Watts (Cop Car) got the gig.

Maybe it’s a consolation prize that they’re at least working on the script. No matter. The interesting thing here is how Marvel and Sony are definitely going for the laughs this time around with the superhero. It’s easy to think Daley and Goldstein are too raunchy for something like this, but their work on the Cloudy sequel was family friendly enough. Now, if you’re averse to puns, maybe you ought to fear that the duo will turn Peter Parker/Spider-Man into a real cornball. Even more than Andrew Garfield’s version.

This time Tom Holland is playing the hero, a high school student who prior to the opening credits – as promised – received spider-based super powers. Marisa Tomei has also been cast, as his Aunt May. Maybe they can bring in more Freaks and Geeks alums for other roles. Martin Starr would make a fun supervillain. So would Joe Flaherty. Samm Levine, though, has already portrayed the title character before. That makes three who’ve worked with the character.

And while we’re on the subject of possibly interesting trivia, Vacation co-stars a kid who was in the last incarnation of Spider-Man (Skyler Gisondo, who played Howard Stacy) and two guys who are already a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Michael Pena (Ant-Man).

The next Spider-Man is due in theaters July 28, 2017.

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.