Howdy people, time for some more superhero film related news and just when you thought that the announcements of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, X-Men: Apocalypse and the Godzilla trailer was enough to get you excited for the future of films, Sony Pictures comes out of nowhere with their shock announcement about the future of their Spider-Man franchise which sounds nothing short of intriguing. The following information comes from superherohype:
“In a move said “to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen,” Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that they will, in association with Marvel Entertainment, develop 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.
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. That 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 with Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon writing the screenplay for Venom, which Kurtzman will direct. Goddard, then, 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.
Commenting on the announcement, Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures 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.”
Arad and Tolmach added, “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.””
Well firstly I have to say that Sony have balls. They’re the first studio to actively pursue a particular course of action that hasn’t yet been seen in the world of superhero film adaptations. Now what they’re saying is in addition to making the next Spider-Man film expected to drop in 2016, they’ve announced to villain spin-off film based on some of the most iconic characters and storylines in the Spidey comic mythos. The idea of making a villain-centric film has been talked about for years and even rumoured on numerous occasions, but no one’s ever gone ahead with it. It seems like Sony are gonna be the first ones to take the plunge.
How do I feel about this? Well I’m pretty intrigued. The idea of a villain-based film is something that I’m not sure of, but would like to see happen at some point because these are characters who have storylines just as interesting, if not more so than the heroes themselves. Plus if these villains have films to explain their origins then it’ll save them having to explain it in the next hero-based film and save on a lot of screen time too. For the Sinister Six, they have to get that team right, these are a bunch of villains who worked solo for ages and are brought together for the sole purpose of taking out Spider-Man, that team dysfunctional dynamic and humour have to be there 100%. As for Venom, he is the best Spidey villain in existence, however they choose to handle him it needs to be done with care. I want to see an Eddie Brock story or possibly a Mac Gargan version, but no bullshit new version with some cheap-ass storyline not involving an alien being from space.
Anyways that’s my two cents on the matter, what do you lot of the internet think? Sounds off your comments below! 😀