'Spider-Man' Reboot Circling Director Drew Goddard

Drew Goddard Headshot - P 2013
<p>Drew Goddard Headshot - P 2013</p>   |   Getty Images
The director was attached to the villain spinoff 'Sinister Six.'

In the wake of their new deal, Marvel and Sony are moving quickly on relaunching the Spider-Man franchise.

The studio is interested in bringing Drew Goddard onboard to write and direct the upcoming film. Sources say Sony is in the early stages with this, and that Goddard is expected to meet with studio execs Tuesday, but there is strong interest from both sides.

Goddard had previously been tapped to helm Sony's planned Spider-Man spinoff film, Sinister Six, but it looks like Sony's plans for the web-slinging superhero have been put on the backburner as the studio focuses on relaunching the troubled franchise.

Sony had no comment.

As was previously announced, Sony Pictures, which has been the steward of the franchise since 1999, is partnering up with Disney-owned Marvel Studios to bring a new version of the Spider-Man character to life. As part of the revamp, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film.

The new Spider-Man film will start a new series and will not be tied to the Andrew Garfield-starring The Amazing Spider-Man. The studio is looking for a new lead actor, and will likely set the story in high school. The currently untitled film is set for release on July 28, 2017.

Marvel's Kevin Feige and former Sony chairman Amy Pascal are producing the reboot. Matt Tolmach, who initially brought Goddard into the Spidey family with Sinister Six and has a slate of 15-plus movies with the studio, is exec producing.

Latino-Review first broke the news of Goddard potential involvement.

Goddard wrote and made his directorial debut with the 2012 horror film The Cabin in the Woods, and writes and executive produces Netflix's Daredevil. He also was one of the saviors of World War Z after that movie ran into third-act trouble, and he wrote the screenplay for Ridley Scott’s upcoming film The Martian. He's repped UTA.