John Watts Talks Directing Spider-Man And More

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When Marvel announced that Tom Holland was set to play Spider-Man it overshadowed who was chosen to direct the film. Who was chosen was a very interesting choice of the independent filmmaker Jon Watts, who is mainly only known for his 2014 Eli Roth produced horror film Clown.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Jon Watts spoke about his most recent film Cop Car being shown at Sundance. He was also asked a few questions about him being chosen to direct Spider-Man for Marvel.

EW asked Watts how it happened that he was chosen by Marvel:

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 much bigger canvas instead of just scrapping together any story you can.

When asked about whether or not he is nervous that he won’t be able to make his own original films he stated:

I still have so many movies that I want to make, and [Spider-Man] just gets to become one of them. That’s how I think of it. I still have a lot of ideas I want to make, in addition to this, and I don’t think it’s a one-way path in that sense.

He was also asked about Tom Holland and what he brings to the role:

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.

The last question on the matter was how collaborative the process was and he answered:

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.

Jon Watts comes off as that he is really excited about the role, which could be great news for fans of Spider-Man.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

(Christian Michael Stoic)

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