Phil Lord & Chris Miller Developing Animated Spider-Man Movie For Sony

Following their success on The Lego Movie, the directing duo Lord and Miller have become incredibly busy.  On top of working the story treatment for Warner Bros. The Flash movie, it’s now been revealed that they’re working on the script and production development of an all new animated feature film based on Spider-Man.  Sony chair Tom Rothman made the announcement during Sony’s CinemaCon presentation, revealing that the movie will hit on July 20, 2018.  From the press release: 

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.

There’s no word on whether or not Lord and Miller will come on board in any directorial capacity.  They have a bunch of projects to choose from, which is why they’re probably reluctant to commit to anything right at this moment.  What’s interesting is that this new animated film won’t be connected to the overall Spider-Man universe which is now entertwined with Marvel’s Cinematic endeavors.  I guess Sony is still adamant in trying to make the wall-crawler work on their own.

Either way, with these two working on the film, I’m much more interested than I would be other wise.  What do you guys think?

-Jordan