Sony Confirms LEGO MOVIE Directors Will Mastermind An Animated SPIDER-MAN Film

BREAKING NEWS from CinemaCon! Tom Rothman has announced that The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will be the masterminds behind an animated Spider-Man movie, set to arrive in 2018!

It looks like 2017 won't be the only time in the near future we a solo Spider-Man adventure on the big screen.

Just a few short moments ago, at Sony's CinemaCon presentation, chairman Tom Rothman announced that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie; 21 Jump Street) will direct, write, and produce an animated Spider-Man film! Rothman went on to reveal that the upcoming film will be set in an independent universe, and will run concurrently with their highly anticipated live-action Marvel Studios collaboration: "the film will explore the graphic roots of the character and co-exist with our live-action entries." He also more or less confirmed, what almost everyone already assumed, that the new teenage Spidey will in fact make his debut in 2016's Captain America: Civil War.

The animated Spider-Man feature is expected to hit theaters July 20, 2018 and Rothman concluded his piece on Spidey by describing the project as "f***ing awesome." 

Check out the official press release from Sony Pictures below:


LAS VEGAS, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 20, 2018, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the directors of The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature, it was announced today at CinemaCon by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.

Lord & Miller are masterminding the project, writing the treatment and producing the film.

As previously announced, 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.

Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.


What do you guys think of the news? Could Marvel/Sony possibly be setting up the Spider-Verse? Sound off with your thoughts below!

Marvel's Spider-Man swings his way back into theaters July 28, 2017
Animated Spider-Man swings his way into theaters July 20, 2018

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