Contrary to earlier reports, Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts is not yet attached to direct Spider-Man 3 for Sony. Deadline has updated their report, revealing that Watts may not be a part of the franchise’s future.
“Sony is planning two more installments, though it is an open question whether those will include Jon Watts, director of the first two films guided creatively by [Kevin] Feige. Watts isn’t signed on for the next film and isn’t a certainty to be back as he is being heavily courted for other jobs. Could Sony find itself vying against Marvel for Watts’ future services as director?,” Deadline writes.
They also included Sony’s latest statement:
“Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live-action Spider-Man film,” a Sony spokesperson said. “We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.”
Even though Watts is not currently signed on to direct Spider-Man 3 (much less Spider-Man 4), this is still very early on. It wasn’t long ago that the reports said he was directing these films, so something could easily change – maybe even with a deal between Sony and Marvel still being worked out. Sony has yet to even announce when Spider-Man 3 is coming or that it has writers attached. Figuring out whether or not Watts will direct could take some time, especially if his decision rests on whether or not Sony and Disney/Marvel will find a compromise to extend the deal. But as of right now, the director’s chair for Spider-Man 3 is wide open.
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