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CBMB: Spider-Man Screenwriters Talk Breaking Ground with Spidey’s Level of Humor

By Muuka Muyumba

The reboot/remake/sequel to National Lampoon’s Vacation opens up this Wednesday and writers/directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein sat down with NPR.org recently to discuss their work on the film. The talk also strayed into new territory as Daley and Goldstein finally opened up about their upcoming work on Marvel/Sony’s Spider-Man film set for July 28, 2017.

Daley: We can finally acknowledge that.

Goldstein: We’ve been saying no comment for the last week.

Daley: This is the first time that we can say that we are writing it.

Goldstein: We’re thrilled.

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Daley: … He’s 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.

The assumption is that with Daley and Goldstein working as the writers on the film, this version of Spider-Man could be an actual comedy on the level of their other films, but with a significant reduction in the adult humor. Horrible Bosses 1 was a pleasant R-rated surprise in the mold of The Hangover that led them to continuing with a sequel that was less funny and less successful as the first.

Their work on the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball franchise was lauded as an adequate follow up to the work of Chris Miller and Phil Lord. That film showed that they could handle youthful humor for broader audience. The duo will have to appeal to that audience with Spider-Man, which will be an exponential increase in story and scope to Ant-Man. Ant-Man was touted as an action comedy from creatives who were involved in broad comedies like Shawn of the Dead, Bring It On, Upright Citizens Brigade and Anchorman.

Daley and Goldstein will have to show their chops to prove, much like the Russo Brothers, that their comic sensibilities can be adapted to the epic scale of a Marvel film. However, all signs from Marvel have been suggesting that we may get the most intimate Spidey story we’ve ever gotten before.

Source: NPR