Jonathan Watts (born June 28, 1981)[1] is an American filmmaker. His credits include directing the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) superhero films Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. He was additionally signed to direct the upcoming Marvel Studios-produced Fantastic Four film only to exit the project in April 2022.[2] He also directed and co-wrote the horror film Clown and thriller film Cop Car as well as directing numerous episodes of the parody television news series Onion News Network. In terms of creating music videos, Watts has collaborated with electronic music artists such as Fatboy Slim and Swedish House Mafia among other musicians.

Jon Watts
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Watts at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1981-06-28) June 28, 1981 (age 41)
EducationNew York University
Occupation
Years active2000–present
Notable work
Spouse(s)Dianne McGunigle

Early lifeEdit

Watts was born and raised in Fountain, Colorado, where he attended Fountain-Fort Carson High School. He studied film at New York University.[3]

CareerEdit

Watts began his directing career by directing commercials for production company Park Pictures.[citation needed]

Watts' film career started with the short Clay Pride: Being Clay in America. A claymation film, it is a satire of films about gay issues, with the main character, Steve Thompson, coming out as "clay".[4] Over the next decade, Watts would continue to work in short films, as well as directing several music videos for various artists including Fatboy Slim, Death Cab for Cutie, Relient K, Sleigh Bells, Head Automatica, and TV on the Radio.[5]

Watts' feature directorial debut was the 2014 horror film, Clown. Watts and his friend Christopher Ford had made a fake trailer for a film about a father turning into a killer clown after trying on an old costume he finds in his basement. After uploading the trailer to YouTube, Watts was approached by Eli Roth with an offer to produce a feature version.[6]

Watts' next film was the 2015 thriller, Cop Car. The film is about two young boys who steal an abandoned police car and are pursued by its murderous owner, a Sheriff played by Kevin Bacon. In an interview, Watts revealed that the idea for the film came from a dream he had when he was a child.[7]

Watts then directed Spider-Man: Homecoming. Watts was so determined to be the director of the film that he admitted that he had "bothered" Marvel by sending them clips of a fake trailer he made for a Spider-Man movie.[8] He admits that he was very surprised and did not know he was going to get the job until the last moment.[9]

Watts directed the film's 2019 sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home. He reportedly became increasingly devoted to the franchise, even starting his own extensive collection of rare spiders.[10]

Watts has also directed Spider-Man: No Way Home, which was released on December 17, 2021,[11][12] where he also provided the motion-capture for Sandman while Thomas Haden Church reprised the voice of the character.[13] He was confirmed to be directing the third theatrical iteration of the Fantastic Four, which will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but exited the project in April 2022.[14][15] Watts also directed the mid-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, a tie-in to No Way Home, which was released two months earlier on October 1, 2021.[16] The scene was shot during the filming of No Way Home.[17]

In September 2021, it was revealed that Watts will write and direct a thriller film starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt. He will also produce the project along with the two actors.[18] By the end of the month, the project had been acquired by Apple Studios, and was expected to receive a "robust theatrical release".[19]

In January 2022, Watts and his wife were announced to be joining the sixth installment of the Final Destination series as co-producers. Watts also wrote a film treatment as well, to be adapted by Lori Evans Taylor and Guy Busick.[20]

In May 2022, it was revealed that Watts will create and executive produce an Amblin inspired Star Wars TV series for Disney+ that is set after the events of Return of the Jedi.[21] This series was soon revealed as Star Wars: Skeleton Crew, scheduled to premiere in 2023.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Watts is married to former talent agent and producer Dianne McGunigle.[23]

FilmographyEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2014 Clown Yes Yes No
2015 Cop Car Yes Yes Yes
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Yes Yes No
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Yes No No
2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home Yes No No Also provided the motion-capture of Sandman[13]

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
2011 Onion News Network Yes Co-executive No Directed 10 episodes
The Fuzz Yes Yes Yes TV pilot
2012 Eugene! Yes Executive Yes TV movie
2022 The Old Man Yes Executive No Directed "Pilot"
2023 Star Wars: Skeleton Crew Yes Executive Yes Showrunner and creator

Acting rolesEdit

Acting Roles

Year Title Role
2008 I Can See You Jake
2015 Creative Control Commercial Director

Other rolesEdit

Year Title Notes
2000 Sexy Beast Operator, photogenics unit
2011 Natural Selection Associate producer
2012 Robot & Frank Thanks credit
2021 Venom: Let There Be Carnage Directed mid-credits scene (Uncredited)[24]

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Notes
2004 "Stepping Off" Jason Forrest [25]
"Wonderful Night" Fatboy Slim [26]
"The Joker" [5]
2005 "The Irish Keep Gate-crashing" The Thrills [5]
"The Beautiful Side of Somewhere" The Wallflowers [27]
"We Live on Your Street" The Willowz [28]
"Beating Heart Baby" Head Automatica [5]
"When the Lights Go Down" Armand van Helden [5]
"Soul Meets Body" Death Cab for Cutie [29]
"Who I Am Hates Who I've Been" Relient K [30]
"Into Your Eyes" Armand van Helden [5]
2006 "We Are One Tonight" Switchfoot [5]
"That Old Pair of Jeans" Fatboy Slim [31]
"Oh, Mandy" The Spinto Band co-directed with Sean Donnelly[32]
"White Daisy Passing" Rocky Votolato [5]
"Wolf Like Me" TV on the Radio [5]
"Taking Back Control" Sparta [5]
2007 "Pieces of the People We Love" The Rapture co-directed with Ben Dickinson[33]
"Pressure Suit" Aqualung [34]
"The Beauty in Ugly" Jason Mraz [35]
2008 "Dust" Royworld [36]
2009 "Candle (Sick and Tired)" The White Tie Affair [37]
2010 "Young Girl" Dawn Landes [38]
"Brand New Day" Joshua Radin [39]
"Destroy" The Japanese Popstars ft. Jon Spencer [40]
2011 "Rill Rill" Sleigh Bells [41]
"Save the World" Swedish House Mafia [42]

CommercialsEdit

Year Title Brand Notes
2004 "Magic Trick" Frosted Flakes [43]
"Breaking News" The New York Times [44]
2006 "Lazybone" 24 Hour Fitness [45]
"Reflection" [46]
"Training" [47]
2007 "Tonguezilla" Sprite [48]
"Diner" [49]
"Elevator" [50]
"Garfield Clock" eBay [51]
2008 "Green Flag" ESPN2 / NASCAR [52]
"The Duel" [53]
"Neighborhood" Sci-Fi / Eureka [54]
"Darkmane" ESPN / X Games [55]
2009 "7 Second Demos" Windows 7 [56]
2010 "Alien Field Trip" Lunchables [57]
"In the Loop" Nokia [58]
2011 "Wrong Decisions" Coldwell Banker [59]
"Cooking Show" Philadelphia [60]
2012 "5 Cents" MetLife [61]
"Hold Music" [62]
2013 "Never Change" Sprint [63]
2014 "Teachers" Jacob's [64]
"Park" [65]
"Rally" [66]
2017 "Sea of Chaos" Clash Royale [67]

See alsoEdit

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