Just when comic book fans couldn’t get enough of record-breaking adaptations of their favourite superheroes, a recent report from The Guardian has announced that a new animated Spider-Man movie will be coming out in 2018.
The news was made public by Sony Pictures who are interested in rebooting the Marvel web-slinger, but as an animation instead of a live-action movie. Sony Pictures chairman Tom Roth made the announcement himself at last week’s CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas. According to Roth, the new movie will co-exist in the same Spider-Man live-action universe.
[We] are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature…The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.
A report from /FILM says the new Spider-Man flick will be handed over to directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who worked on the popular Lego Movie released last year, as well as 21 Jump Street. While Lord and Miller are not attached to direct the animated movie, they will be writing the treatment and producing the film.
Alongside an animated adaptation, a new live-action Spider-Man flick is also in the works, according to the official press release.
Spider-Man will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, a live-action film being produced by Kevin Feige at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. The animated film from Lord & Miller, dated July 20, 2018, has Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Pascal also serving as producers.
Despite The Amazing Spider-Man 2 being the lowest grossing adaptation in the film’s history (receiving a meta-score of 53/100), Spider-Man is the biggest Sony Pictures franchise of all time, grossing billions worldwide in the space of five movies.
It was also announced earlier this year that a deal had been signed by Sony Pictures to allow Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His first appearance in a Marvel adaptation will be in Captain America: Civil War, which will be released on May 6, 2016.
Spider-Man is one of the world’s most popular superhero characters, making his first appearance for Marvel Comics in 1962. The web-slinger is no stranger to animation either, having starred in his first cartoon series between 1967 and 1970. The new animated Spider-Man movie being released by Sony Pictures is bound to be a hit with old and new fans alike.
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