Sony Pictures has announced they’re moving forward with two projects that will expand their Spider-Man universe — a renewed effort to finally get that “Venom” movie made, and another movie based entirely around Spidey’s enemies, the Sinister Six in a movie titled … “The Sinister Six”.
I guess instead of going out there and partnering Spidey up with other superheroes, Sony is just going to create their own little mini-universe with the webcrawler at the center of it. No wonder Andrew Garfield isn’t sure he wants to stay on the series after the third movie. That’s a lot of work for one superhero!
The studio has announced that writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard have boarded their two projects, with the writers forming “a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films.”
To that end, Kurtzman, Orci and Pinkner will pen “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″, which is already scheduled to hit theaters on June 10, 2016.
Kurtzman and Orci will then team up with Solomon for the “Venom” script, with Kurtzman also attached to direct. “Venom” would be Kurtzman’s second movie, after the moderately budgeted drama “People Like Us” in 2012.
“Cabin in the Woods'” Drew Goddard, meanwhile, will get solo duty on the script for “The Sinister Six”, and is also in line to direct the movie. Looks like Goddard’s getting a big piece of the superhero pie. He’s also scheduled to write and direct episodes of Netflix and Marvel’s “Daredevil” series.
“The Sinister Six” would focus on Spider-Man’s villains — all six of them. Half of them, from the looks of it, will be appearing in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″.
So yes, it looks like Sony is forming their own little Sony Comic Book Movie Universe. We’ll see how that works out compared to what Marvel has done, and what Warner Bros./D.C. and Fox are attempting with their own little corner of the superhero universe.
One thing’s for sure: if you love superhero movies, it’s a good time to be alive.