Representatives for Sony, Marvel and Goddard did not immediately respond to requests for comment, though insiders suggest it would be “very premature” to say he has been hired. That said, Latino Review has a solid track record and TheWrap has confirmed that Goddard is among the frontunners for the coveted gig.
Rumors were flying over the weekend that producers Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige had found a director, and Goddard is the perfect man for the job. He had been attached to direct “Sinister Six” for Sony after wrapping the first season of Marvel/Netflix’s “Daredevil” series.
While Reddit reports say Dylan O'Brien has been cast as “Spider-Man,” that isn’t remotely true, according to insiders with knowledge of the situation.
The new incarnation of Spider-Man will be high-school-aged and is expected to make his debut in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” though the studio has yet to confirm such an appearance.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are executive producers on Sony/Marvel’s “Spider-Man” reboot, which will bow in 2017. Latino Review also claims the new film could fall under the “Spectacular Spider-Man” moniker.
Goddard has plenty of geek cred, as his credits include “Lost,” “Cloverfield,” “Alias,” “Angel” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” He also helped rescue Paramount’s “World War Z” with a crucial rewrite when Brad Pitt‘s zombie movie was in trouble.
Goddard is represented by UTA.