Sony Pictures have announced that Venom and The Sinister Six will be getting big-screen adaptations.
In a press release it was confirmed that a ‘franchise brain trust’ comprised of The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, plus Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon and Drew Goddard will collaborate to “expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films”.
That will start with The Amazing Spider-Man 3 – which Webb is not yet confirmed to direct – on June 10 2016, and be followed later by a Venom film directed by Kurtzman who will also work on the screenplay along with Orci and Solomon. Goddard, meanwhile, will write and possibly direct The Sinister Six.
Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, commented on the announcement;
“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 also commented;
“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.”
The latest entry in the Spider-Man franchise – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – opens in cinemas next year.