Jon Watts, director of Sony’s most recent trilogy of “Spider-Man” films, was due to shoot Marvel Studios and Disney’s upcoming “Fantastic Four” reinvention. Until today, that is.
Per Deadline, Watts has departed his post as director on the superhero flick citing exhaustion. The filmmaker has opted to hands to the film over to someone who isn’t as fatigued as he is having just come off three colossal, time-intensive “Spider-Man” movies. A new director has yet to be announced.
Said Kevin Feige, president, Marvel Studios and Louis D’Esposito, co-president, Marvel Studios: “Collaborating with Jon on the Spider-Man films has been a true pleasure. We were looking forward to continuing our work with him to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU but understand and are supportive of his reasons for stepping away. We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again at some point down the road.”
Watts says, “Making three Spider-Man films was an incredible and life-changing experience for me. I’m eternally grateful to have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years. I’m hopeful we’ll work together again and I can’t wait to see the amazing vision for Fantastic Four brought to life.”
Apparently Watts is also going to pause from “Spider-Man” for quite a while, too- so don’t expect a fourth film in his series to happen for a couple of years.