Fantastic news! We might finally be getting a Spider-Man movie we can all love. Today at CinemaCon, Sony chairman Tom Rothman announced that The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are set to mastermind an animated Spider-Man movie that will exist independently of the live-action films. The film will hit theaters July 20, 2018.
With 21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and The Lego Movie, Lord and Miller have established themselves as talented, irreverent filmmakers who can spin a not-so-great idea into a fantastic film. Basically, they make things that should really suck, somehow not suck at all. And boy does Spider-Man need that. Reactions to the most recent live-action films have ranged from tepid to furious, and for good reason. I quite enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man, but there’s no denying it lacked that particular good-natured charm that has always set Spider-Man apart.
However, things are all-around looking up for the web-slinging vigilante, as Marvel and Sony recently reached the snowballs-chance-in-hell deal to include Spider-Man in the MCU, and Sony is moving forward not only with this animated Spidey feature, but an entirely new live-action franchise to tie in with MCU. Spider-Man has always thrived in the animated format, and I can’t wait to see how Lord and Miller approach the character’s signature quick-witted humor and boy-next-door charm.
Here’s the full press release.
SPIDER-MAN GETS ANIMATED AND DATED
WITH PHIL LORD & CHRISTOPHER MILLER AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 22, 2015 – On July 20, 2018, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the directors ofThe Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature, it was announced today at CinemaCon by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.
Lord & Miller are masterminding the project, writing the treatment and producing the film.
As previously announced, Spider-Man will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, a live-action film being produced by Kevin Feige at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. The animated film from Lord & Miller, dated July 20, 2018, has Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Pascal also serving as producers.
Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
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