If you thought the plans for Spider-Man were ambitious before, wait until you hear this!
We weren't too surprised when it was announced that the Amazing Spider-Man movie would be spread out as a trilogy. We were excited when there were rumors that there might be a larger number of villains in that trilogy than we'd originally thought. But never did we expect Sony Pictures to go this far.
Opening gambit -- Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner are writing the script for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. That's a change from the usual lineup, but it looks like Marc Webb will still direct.
But that's small potatoes.
Kurtzman and Orci, with the help of Ed Solomon, will then go on to make a spinoff film starring Venom, which Kurtzman will direct.
Let me repeat that -- there will be a movie where the central character is Venom.
And we're still not finished!
In addition to that, another spinoff starring the entire villain lineup that is the Sinister Six will be produced and be written by Drew Goddard. You remember we talked about Drew Goddard very recently, right? As in, Drew "writing, directing and producing the new Daredevil TV show on Netflix" Goddard. Yeah. Him.
So not only has Sony decided to go all-in on Spider-Man AND his rogues gallery, but it's also placed under its employ one of the writers involved on the Disney side of things. Can this really be far behind?
In case you feel like further basking in the afterglow of this incredible news, you may read the official press release in full:
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.”