‘Spider-Man’ Reboot: Drew Goddard in Talks to Write, Direct for Sony, Marvel

The filmmaker behind Marvel’s “Daredevil” had been attached to direct “The Sinister Six” for the studio

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"World War Z" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals[Update 2:50 PT: Insiders caution that Drew Goddard doesn’t quite have the job yet, telling TheWrap, “Drew has not yet met with Marvel but will soon; along with several others.” Other sources describe Goddard as the heavy favorite and say it’s unlikely he would pass on the project if it was officially offered to him.]

After working with Marvel on Netflix’s upcoming “Daredevil” series, Drew Goddard is in talks to write and direct the new “Spider-Man” reboot for Sony Pictures and Marvel, according to Latino Review.

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.