In his first interview since being announced as director of the Marvel-approved reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise at Sony Pictures, Jon Watts has talked about how he scored the high profile gig.
Watts is currently out doing promo rounds for his new indie film “Cop Car” and spoke to EW about how he went from directing a Sundance hit to tackling such a huge superhero franchise:
“I’m not really sure what happened. I had never been to Sundance before. I was nervous because that was the first time we were showing the movie to an actual crowd. So I was dealing with that.
I mean, Sundance is like a genre. At least it was to me growing up and in film school: it’s like a Sundance kind of a movie. But [Marvel] got to see Cop Car and they really liked it. But yeah, this trend is interesting.
Now, I’ve got to make a slightly more expensive version. It’s an opportunity to just have a bigger canvas instead of just scrapping together any story you can.”
Watts also talked about his new “Spider-Man” star Tom Holland whom he highly praised for his performance in “The Impossible” several years ago:
“He’s so good in that. He can be a real high school student. That’s why people love Spider-Man. He’s the most grounded, relatable of superheroes. And Tom can really do that. He captures that. And he can do a standing back-flip. He’s perfect.”
Watts was also asked about collaborating with “Captain America: Civil War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo who will give Holland his first on screen appearance in character:
“I mean, it’s a big universe, so everyone sort of works with each other to make sure that there’s continuity and that it all fits together. It’s really exciting actually. We’re just getting started, working on the script and all that, but it’s going to be a great process.”
The new “Spider-Man” solo movie is scheduled for release on July 28th 2017.