Two spin-offs of the highly successful Spider-Man movie franchise have been officially announced by Sony. The two spin-offs are Venom, which will be written by Alex Kurtzman(Transformers, Star Trek: Into Darkness), Roberto Orci (Star Trek), and Ed Solomon(Now You see Me), and the other will be Sinister Six, to be written and possibly directed by Drew Goddard (World War Z). The writers, along with another writer, Jeff Pinkner (Alias, Lost), will be collaborating on “developing story over several films” and they “have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films,” according to Sony. They will also be working with director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and producers Avi Arad (Iron Man) and Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man).
Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgard 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.”
To date, the Spider-Man movies have been the most successful franchise for Sony’s Columbia Pictures, with the four films having grossed $3.2 billion worldwide. The next movie in the franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with Andrew Garfield returning in the title role, along with Emma Stone (Gwen Stacey) and Jamie Foxx as the villain Electro, hits theaters May 2, 2014.
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