Earlier this month it was reported that Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein will write the script for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, and the duo have now confirmed that they are officially on board during a chat with NPR about their upcoming directorial debut Vacation.
“We’ve been saying no comment for the last week,” said Goldstein, with Daley adding that: “We can finally acknowledge that. This is the first time that we can say that we are writing it. [Peter Parker] is a sharp kid and witty and kind of deals with the fact that he’s an outcast and a geek through humor. It is sort of the safety net for geeks like us, so I think we can totally relate to where he’s coming from. As well as the superpowers, which we also have.”
UPDATE: Goldstein has elaborated on how the duo secured the scriptwriting job during a chat with Deadline, stating that:
“Our agent helped get our foot in the door with Marvel, sending them a script we had written, and letting them know our track record and that we’d love to move from broad comedy to action and action comedy. Also, it helped that Kevin Feige wanted to draw on the spirit of John Hughes for this Spider-Man, and we had just written and directed a sequel to a John Hughes-created franchise with Vacation. We’d pitched ourselves to both write and direct, and so our pitch included a pretty extensive story outline that appealed to them. After Jon Watts got the directing job, they came back and asked if we would be interested in doing the script.”
The Spider-Man reboot is set for release on July 28th 2017, while the Vacation reboot hits U.S. cinemas this Wednesday (July 29th) ahead of a UK release on August 21st.