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Sony Officially Announces Venom and The Sinister Six Spinoff Movies

It looks like Sony Pictures is keen on developing the Amazing Spider-Man universe more deeply and into it's own mega franchise.  While the new film has been hinting at the Sinsiter Six and even Venom, Sony has officially announced that both are getting their very own spinoff films!  Come inside for the full reports including who's writing them!

The universe surround the character of Spider-Man is vast, and has filled a plethora of different comics and series, but so far the movies haven't expanded upon that until the reboot hit theaters last year...Now with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting this Summer, Sony appears keen to finally take advantage of all it has to offer.  With more villains and hints at a much larger world, it's obvious that Sony is making a statement with the Amazing Spider-Man films.  Now they've made it more clear as they've officially announced Venom and The Sinister Six as spinoff films!

I'm giddy with excitement and can barely contain myself, so I'll let the press release fill you in while I have my geekgasm!

In a move to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen, Sony Pictures Entertainment, in association with Marvel Entertainment, is developing 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, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad,president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. 

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; the 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 as Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon will write the screenplay for Venom, which Kurtzman will direct; also, Goddard 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. 

Sinister Six

In tapping these five writers, the studio and the producers are guiding the future of the franchise with the writer/producers who have each played significant and key roles in developing such highly successful franchises, films, and series as Star Trek, Transformers, “Alias,” “Fringe,” Men in Black, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, World War Z, “Lost,” Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods, and Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series. 

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad 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.”  

Drew Goddard is about to be a very busy man!  With him running the Daredevil series for Netflix and now this, he's got his hands full.  What do you guys think of this announcement?  Which of these are you looking forward to seeing most? 


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  • Honestly, I think a Venom movie will only work if it's made as a horror movie of sorts. "The Sinister Six" movie sounds like it's reaching. Who are they going to fight? Sony only owns Spider-Man characters. Are they going to fight Spider-Man in a movie called "Sinister Six?" In essence, wouldn't that be "Spider-Man 4?" This is obviously Sony's desperate attempt to try to repeat the success Marvel and Disney have had with the real Marvel Universe. The only problem is that Disney owns ALL the Marvel characters and Sony owns characters from ONE comic book series.

    P.S. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" trailer looks like a train wreck. If people hated "Spider-Man 3" because they felt it was too cluttered with underdeveloped characters, why would they think a movie with EVEN MORE villains work any better. The Harry Osborn kid looks like a tool, as well. Electro's dialogue in the trailer is sooo bad it's inexcusable. Not to mention how silly he looks. "Hey, Electro! Dr. Manhattan called me. He wants his glowing blue body paint back!"

    I've never been so underwhelmed by a movie trailer. I have zero expectations for this movie and I actually liked the first one.

    Comment last edited on about 1 year ago by Eric Shirey
  • A Venom horror movie would be pretty damn awesome to see.

  • Breaking my heart Eric!

    I honestly think people are worried over nothing. I don't think the extra villains they showed are going to play a major part in the film. Much like how Nolan used Falcone and Scarecrow, I think they exist only to flesh out the world overall and won't be a huge focus. They're setting up a larger world and will be used more later on.

    I think the trailer wanted to dazzle, and in that regards it really did and I loved it. It also delved into the story and emotional elements (things sorely lacking from comic book films even today).

  • I certainly hope you're right. I still think Jamie Fox is really weak.

  • That's probably why they dropped MJ. Gwen is already developed, parker is already developed, they will just be pushed further. Rhino isn't hard to develop at all, and the whole focus will be put on Electro. I don't care for the actor behind Harry Osbourne so I just hope they develop him into a Hobgoblin and get it over with. I truly hope he isn't the real Green Goblin or I will explode........

  • I really want them to utilize the new Venom and the old Venom. I think the "old Venom" would make for a sick one or two movie set, but if you want a franchise then the new Venom is what is needed. Plus there is a whole new universe with that to explore.

    In terms of Sinister Six, I'm interested if Sony worked out a deal. Spider-Man can do Avengers if they get rights to put some characters in their movies. (Only thing that sucks is that Wolverine won't be included) The impact of both sides would be equal in my mind.

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