Boy, when Kevin Feige told our boy Devin Faraci that John Hughes would be an inspiration for the upcoming Marvel/Sony Spider-Man reboot he wasn’t kidding. Writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been tapped to write the film, and they bring with them their own Hughes connection: They wrote the upcoming reboot of the filmmaker’s beloved Vacation.
Daley and Goldstein, best known for their work on comedies like Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, have confirmed that they’re going from the reboot of Vacation to the reboot of Spider-Man. In an interview with NPR, they were asked about the job point-blank.
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.
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.
It should be noted, though, that while they definitely have an appreciation for Hughes and the classic work he created throughout the 1980s, they definitely have their own sense of humor. Based on the trailers I’ve seen for Vacation, there’s a definite affection for the original source material, but at the same time the humor is quite different. Let’s hope they at least learned their lessons well, though, because Feige’s description of a Hughesian Spider-Man sounded pretty spot on.
What do you think? Do they have what it takes to create the final, seminal interpretation of Spider-Man?