Sony Pictures had a busy Thursday night. In what can only be described as a "stealth press release" overnight, released only on the ElectroArrives.com viral marketing site for Amazing Spider-Man 2 (under "Special Projects"), Sony Pictures announced that there are no less than three new Spider-Man Universe movies in development, from writers that every sci-fi and even comic book fan are already well familiar with.
With Sony's new "Franchise Brain Trust," the company has hired Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard as writers to work with Marc Webb, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach on three new films set in the Amazing Spider-Man Universe. The first is, naturally, Amazing Spider-Man 3, by Kurtzman, Orci, and Pinkner, with Webb tentatively returning to direct, and a release date of June 10, 2016. And here's where the news gets crazy.
Kurtzman, Orci, and Solomon will write Venom, with Kurtzman already signed on to direct the first spin-off. Drew Goddard, who is already in the Marvel superhero business as the writer and producer of the new Marvel Studios-Netflix Daredevil, will write "with an eye to direct" The Sinister Six, giving the villains of the franchise their own starring vehicle.
These writers have had their hands in several major sci-fi, fantasy, and horror franchises over the past several years, from television like Lost, Alias, and Fringe, to films like Star Trek, Transformers, Cloverfield, World War Z, and much more.
Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad said in the release, "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."
No direct timeline was given for the villain spin-offs.