Huge news concerning the future of Sony's Spider-Man franchise has just been announced, and we can't help but feel a little excited.
In a late night press release, Sony announced a few new films that will be adding to the Spider-Man universe that started with Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man reboot. After viewing the first The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer, it was clear that big plans were in the works for the future of the franchise, with a number of villain teases to top off the large number of villains in the sequel as is.
The announcement stated that a brain trust of creators (Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard) have been brought together to help develop the burgeoning Spidey Cinematic Universe. The first film mentioned in the announcement is The Amazing Spider-Man 3, written by Kurtzman, Orci, and Pinkner with Webb assumed to direct. This is no surprise, as release dates were already announced for this and the 4th sequel. ASM 3 is set to be released on June 10, 2016.
The big surprises from the press release were the announcement of two films that will expand the Spidey universe like never before. The long rumored Venom film will be written by Kurtzman, Orci, and Solomon, and directed by Kurtzman. This implies that we will more than likely be seeing Venom appear in Amazing Spider-Man 3 in order to introduce the character, but it’s still far too early to speculate. And keeping with the villains of the piece, Drew Goddard will write and hopefully direct Sinister Six, a film that will focus on the villains currently being introduced in the ASM films.
Sinister Six has been teased for a few months now, and with 6 villains already introduced/teased (Lizard in ASM, and Electro, Rhino, Green Goblin, Vulture, and Doctor Octopus in ASM 2), it’s quickly coming together. Not to mention the more subtle easter eggs like Morbius and the eventual arrival of Venom to add even more villains to the mix. Drew Goddard was also recently announced as the writer of the upcoming Daredevil series on Netflix, so his superhero resume is filling out nicely.
The full press release announcing the new brain trust and films is below:
CULVER CITY, Calif., December 12, 2013 – In a move to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen, Sony Pictures Entertainment, in association with Marvel Entertainment, is developing several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad,president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.
The five writers, along with the two producers and Marc Webb, have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films. Under the deals, the studio announced that Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Webb will return to direct; the film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016. In addition, the team will build on the cinematic foundation laid by Webb, Arad, and Tolmach in the first two movies. They will expand the franchise as Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon will write the screenplay for Venom, which Kurtzman will direct; also, Goddard will write, with an eye to direct, The Sinister Six, focusing on the villains in the franchise. Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the development and production of these films for the studio.
In tapping these five writers, the studio and the producers are guiding the future of the franchise with the writer/producers who have each played significant and key roles in developing such highly successful franchises, films, and series as Star Trek, Transformers, “Alias,” “Fringe,” Men in Black, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, World War Z, “Lost,” Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods, and Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series.
Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, “The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets. We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films.” Arad and Tolmach added, “This collaboration was born out of the great experience we and Marc had working with Alex, Bob, and Jeff on The Amazing Spider-Man 2. With more than fifty years’ wealth of stories in the comic books to draw upon for inspiration, the Spider-Man universe is truly boundless; in addition, the Spider-Man comics have the greatest rogues gallery of any series, and to have the chance to explore that on film is truly thrilling. Until now, we have approached each film as a separate, self-contained entity, but with this move, we have the opportunity to grow the franchise by looking to the future as we develop a continuous arc for the story. That is what Alex, Bob, Jeff, Ed, and Drew will do in this unprecedented collaboration, and we’re excited about the directions they are taking the character and the world.”
There will be much more to come from this story as it develops, but with the release of Amazing Spider-Man 2 only a few months away, we expect more news to come on these announced series sooner than later.
What do you think of the addition to Sony’s Spidey universe? Excited or turned off by the idea of a Venom or Sinister Six film? Let us know in the comments section below!
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