‘Spider-Man’ Animated Movie in the Works from ‘Lego Movie’ Directors
As if Phil Lord and Chris Miller weren’t busy enough — between developing DC’s big screen take on The Flash and serving as producers on the upcoming slate of Lego Universe movies — the duo is now teaming up with Sony to bring Spider-Man to the big screen in animated form.
In an official announcement at CinemaCon on Wednesday, Sony head Tom Rothman confirmed that Lord and Miller will produce an animated Spider-Man movie that will hit theaters on July 20, 2018. The film will be a standalone movie within the live-action Spider-Man cinematic universe, so it will exist concurrently with, but also independently from, the upcoming live-action film.
In addition to producing the movie, Lord and Miller will write the treatment for the film with the idea being that they’ll also direct the movie. At least, that’s what Sony reportedly wants, as the duo has already proven their box office cred with The Lego Movie and the Jump Street movies. They’ll be joined as producers by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and former Sony boss Amy Pascal, in one of her first major projects since stepping down as Sony chief following the e-mail hacking scandal.
No further news was revealed regarding the upcoming live-action Spider-Man, which is due in theaters July 28, 2017. The new Spider-Man is set to make his debut in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, so the studio needs to find a guy pretty soon. The list is reportedly down to a handful of actors including The Fault In Our Stars actor Nat Wolff and Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield.
Rothman did not shed any light on the live-action “Spider-Man” that Drew Goddard is rumored to direct. Sony and Marvel are whittling down their list and minutes before Sony’s CinemaCon presentation, TheWrap reported that five up-and-coming actors are in contention along with several other young stars whose identities remain a mystery.
The “Spider-Man” franchise is one of the cornerstones of Sony’s movie business along with the James Bond series and the “Jump Street” franchise. Its five films have taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.