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Sony announces ‘Sinister Six’, ‘Venom’ feature films in development

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Sony Pictures confirmed their plans too expand the Amazing Spider-Man cinematic universe yesterday by announcing that they are currently working on two additional [villain] spin-off films focusing on The Sinister Six and Venom! The studio revealed their plans on the viral marketing website, Electro Arrives, and report that they’ve already attached Alex Kurtzman (writer of Spider-Man and Star Trek) to co-write and direct Venom while Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) has been hired to write the planned Sinister Six film. Goddard is currently overseeing the upcoming “Man Without Fear” series for Marvel on Netflix.

Rumors of a solo Venom film have long been circulated since fans first got a [big screen] taste of the classic Spider-Man foe in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, so it’s no huge surprise that a project has finally been confirmed. However, since fans spotted both Doctor Octopus’ arms and the Vulture’s wings being teased in the latest trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (see image), we naturally assumed that the studio wouldn’t be teasing them unless they had big plans for the characters down the line. But the fact that the studio has revealed their plans to launch a solo Sinister Six film has got to come as a surprise to many!

You can view the official press release below.

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 forThe 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.”

Directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore, Sally Field and Chris Cooper and will arrive in theaters on May 2, 2014.

via [Electro Lives]

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