Sony Expands ‘Spider-Man’ Universe With ‘Venom,’ ‘Sinister Six’


Studio forms 'brain trust' for Spidey spinoffs

Sony Pictures Entertainment,  in association with Marvel Entertainment, is expanding the Spider-Man franchise by turning to villains with “Venom” and “The Sinister Six.”

The studio, in an announcement late Thursday night, disclosed that a quintet of writers — Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard — will 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 — licensed from Marvel — and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films.

Webb directed last year’s franchise reboot “The Amazing Spider-Man” and the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Kurtzman, Orci and Pinkner wrote the screenplay for the latter, which Arad and Tolmach produced.

“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,'” Arad and Tolmach said. “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.”

Kurtzman, Orci and Pinkner are writing the screenplay for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” which the studio hopes Webb will direct. That film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016.

Sony made the announcement late Thursday night via the web site

Kurtzman will direct “Venom” from a script he’s writing with  Orci and Solomon. Goddard will write “The Sinister Six” with an eye to direct.

Venom first appeared in 2007’s “Spider-Man 3” and was portrayed by Topher Grace.

Columbia Pictures president of production Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee development and production of the films.

The four “Spider-Man” films, dating back to 2002, have grossed a combined $3.2 billion worldwide for the studio.

“The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets,” said Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad. “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.”

The announcement noted that the “brain trust” has experience in franchises. Kurtzman, Orci and Pinkner worked on the “Star Trek” and “Transformers” movies and TV’s “Alias” and “Fringe”; Goddard worked on “Alias” and “World War Z”;  Solomon wrote “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Men In Black.”

The announcement comes a week after the film studio tapped Micheal De Luca to be president of production in a team-up with Minghella. The studio, which has been through a rough year with several major flops, announced three weeks ago it was trimming its slate and moving to cut costs.

The expansion of the Spider-Man universe will give Sony at least two more tentpoles in “Venom” and “Sinister Six.”  “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” directed by Webb, is slated to open May 2, 2014 and the next installments have been set to bow June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018.

Sony’s other tentpole is the 24th Bond movie that it’s co-producing with MGM. It will open in the U.S. on Nov. 6, 2015.

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  1. P-Funk says:

    Im sick of Orci and Kurtzmans scripts being so average…they keep getting jobs for being the only ones who can write this stuff…get some fresh blood

  2. Nom says:

    Bad idea no spida no superheros bs and electro is in 2 and he’s apart or sinster 6 and most likely die. Harry is venom but no heroes bad it all about the hero.smh

  3. Jake says:

    Disney, Sony and 20th Century Fox need to come together and make a Secret Wars trilogy.

  4. big daddy D says:

    Since Siny has an eye for Venom in 2016…can Carnage be too far behind?

  5. badlands75 says:

    Reblogged this on The Badlands and Everything After and commented:
    As many had been alluding to over the last many month, Sony is looking to expand the Spider-Man brand to basically create its own Avengers-like universe. A couple of take-aways are that they are increasing their sphere of influence by including great genre writers like Kurtzman and Orci. Second take-away is that there is virtually no way that Sony will EVER choose to option out Spidey for a Disney/Marvel/Sony crossover with the Avengers. Sony is looking at its own milk-cow and will milk it dry. The question will remain whether anyone has interest in Spidey’s universe beyond him as we know that Andrew Garfield has not been contractually obligated to the already slated Spidey 4.

    • Duder NME says:

      I can’t fathom the joining of the phrase “great genre writers” with “Kurtzman and Orci”. “Solomon and Goddard” however, that’s more like it.

    • Richard D. Irving says:

      I think the Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be better than the first one. Jamie Fox as Maxwell Dillon/Electro is not convincing. The next time somebody casts a character in the classic Spider-Man comic books, they should read them carefully.

      • badlands75 says:

        I don’t worry about Jamie Foxx
        Bc he basically do anything. Underestimated. I worry that no one will care about these characters bc no one really knows them. Like with Loki, you need great actors to imbue personality.

  6. Living the Geek Life says:

    Reblogged this on Living the Geek Life and commented:
    Although its been long speculated, we now have confirmation!

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