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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:53 pm 
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Sony Pictures Planning Spider-Man Spin-Offs?

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November 21, 2013

Ever since Sony Pictures took control of the Spider-Man franchise, there have always been rumors of spin-off films, particularly for the villain character Venom, but those have never come to fruition. Now it seems that may no longer be the case.

TheWrap reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal said the following in a presentation to investors earlier today: “We are going to access Marvel’s full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains.”

Now, this in itself doesn't lend much to the idea of spin-offs. In fact, she could simply be referring to their plans to incorporate the Sinister Six into the franchise. However, Deadline later added that Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton had this to say on the matter: “We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man. There are a number of scripts in the works.”

It appears that Sony is looking to expand their cinematic Spider-Man world to a larger universe not unlike what Marvel Studios has done and what Warner Bros. is planning. This does beg the question, which Spider-Man characters are they looking at for spin-off films? Venom? Electro? Black Cat?

Sony already has their hands full with the regular Spider-Man franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 set for release May 2, 2014, a third film currently set for release on June 10, 2016, and a fourth film in the franchise to follow on May 4, 2018.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:01 pm 
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Sony Pictures Announces Spider-Man Spinoffs Venom and Sinister Six

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December 12, 2013

In a move said "to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen," Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that they will, in association with Marvel Entertainment, develop 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.

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. That 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 with Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon writing the screenplay for Venom, which Kurtzman will direct. Goddard, then, 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.

Commenting on the announcement, Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures 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.”


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:51 am 
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Like I said, Marvel's never getting Spidey back into the fold. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Sony Pictures Planning Spider-Man Spin-Offs?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:29 am 
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Like I said, Marvel's never getting Spidey back into the fold. :(

It will but it will take a Lucasfilm type buy-out to do it. I'm sure Disney isn't willing to pony up that money now (especially since The Amazing Spider-Man made less than Spider-Man 3) but if the next two movies and the spin-offs are REALLY successful they could win up changing their minds. Same goes for X-Men.

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 Post subject: Re: Sony Pictures Planning Spider-Man Spin-Offs?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:40 pm 
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True, but ASM still made 750 million globally so I doubt Sony's going to give him up cheaply.

I'd be willing to bet the X-men will go back fast because they tend not to make quite as much dough.

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 Post subject: Re: Sony Pictures Planning Spider-Man Spin-Offs?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:11 pm 
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Bob Orci Talks Sinister Six and Venom Spin-Offs

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Jan 16, 2014

Sony surprised us all last month when they announced their intention to expand the world of Spider-Man on the big screen to include two spin-off films that include Venom and The Sinister Six. Coming from the collective brain trust of Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon and Drew Goddard, the team will build on the cinematic foundation laid by the first two films in the series in the interest of a continuous tone and thread throughout the films.

Little has been said about the films themselves since the announcement, but now in an interview with IGN, Roberto Orci says they're hard at work on establishing the kind of tone they want for the spin-offs.

When asked about their approach to the The Sinister Six, whether the title characters would be straight-up bad guys or more anti-heroes, Orci replied:

"That's the discussion we're having right now; how exactly do you do that, and how do you do it without betraying the audience and making them all mean? Drew Goddard [The Cabin in the Woods] is going to be writing that one, so it’s kind of his problem. [Laughs] I'm kidding. We're all working on each other's stuff. So we want to be true to it, but there are some antiheroes in this day and age. There's been examples of that even on TV — Vic Mackey on The Shield, one of the great antiheroes of all time. There are ways to milk that story. Audiences have seen everything. They've seen all the good guys who never do anything wrong. Is there a story in seeing the other side? That's the challenge, and that's the fun. I'm not sure how we're going to do that yet."

When asked about the Venom spin-off, which he is co-writing with Kurtzman & Solomon, Orci says they'll need to be sure and surprise everyone.

"I think they're ready to have things shaken up. I think we've all seen everything. You've seen everything. You can probably predict the ending of most things even better than a general audience, but a general audience is still pretty good at it. They can see it all coming. So we have to shake it up. You can't just keep telling the same stories every day."

Something fans may have noticed in the promotion for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the importance of Oscorp to the origins of the film's villains, which Orci says will continue into the spin-offs.

"Oscorp plays an important part in how our villains get created, obviously, in the first one. So because Peter becoming Spider-Man came out of that, rather than saying, "And then this alien came from space," or whatever, they're doing human-hybrid, weird stuff at Oscorp. That's where Gwen Stacy works anyway as well. So the idea of it representing the good and the bad of science, that it can do great things, but it can also mess you up and do weird things and transform people — as all science can be used for good or bad. So it's nice to have that organizing principal, but it wasn't like, "We must keep it at Oscorp." It flowed naturally from the story development."

Finally, when asked if The Amazing Spider-Man 4, currently dated for May 4, 2018, was actually a fourth entry in the franchise or a placeholder for one of these proposed spin-offs, Orci replied:

"I think with Spider-Man 4, the intention is for it to be 'Spider-Man.'"

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Ed Solomon​ will pen the Venom spin-off, which Kurtzman will direct. The Cabin in the Woods' Drew Goddard will write and direct The Sinister Six.


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 Post subject: Re: Sony Pictures Planning Spider-Man Spin-Offs?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:03 pm 
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Spider-Man Producers Talk Venom, Sinister Six Spin-Offs

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Mar 12, 2014

When The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets released in just a few short weeks, it will be the second chapter in Spider-Man's brand new feature film series, and the web head isn't going to be the only one taking the big screen by storm. It was announced back in December that Sony would be developing two spin-off films for the franchise, one focusing on the anti-hero Venom and another on the villain collective the Sinister Six. Villain-centric films haven't been tested by any of the other comic franchises just yet, so what is it we can expect from these films?

"Obviously questions of traditional hero/villain dynamics have to be looked at," producer Matt Tolmach said in an interview with SFX. "At the same time it's an awesome challenge, because some of the greatest characters are in fact villains, and how you construct that is so much fun. People love those bad characters if they're good bad characters, and love to watch them. And nobody's all good, nobody's all bad, and so where we end up with that story, I think, is a really awesome challenge, and we all smile when we think about what you can do. It's definitely a bad-ass group of people and I think it's going to be a ton of fun to watch them."

Producer Avi Arad chimed in on the subject as well, speaking about the complexity of the Marvel villains and why he thinks a character like Venom will work in his own feature film.

"With Marvel characters, the villains are victims of circumstance. If you look at our villains, none of them were born like that. Our villains are nice and complex and in the world of film writing you can play with that, you can make some wonderful things out of it. The Spider-Man universe has amazing villains, they are all character driven…..Our villains all represent a different side of the misunderstood, and some of them unfortunately turned to the dark side. Venom happened to be a phenomenal character. With Eddie Brock, or if you do Flash Thompson, it doesn't matter who is going to be inside the suit – what's important is that a man like him is going to realize there comes a time when you wake up in the morning and say 'How did I get here? There must be a better way.'"

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Ed Solomon​ will pen the Venom spin-off, which Kurtzman will direct. The Cabin in the Woods' Drew Goddard will write and direct The Sinister Six.​


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:41 pm 
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The Sinister Six Targets Drew Goddard to Direct

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Apr 07, 2014

Named as the likely candidate for the job back in December, Drew Goddard has officially entered negotiations to helm Columbia Pictures' The Amazing Spider-Man spinoff The Sinister Six, SuperHeroHype has learned.

Goddard, who made his big screen directorial debut with The Cabin in the Woods (scripted by himself and Joss Whedon), was previously attached to provide the screenplay for The Sinister Six. He's also exploring another corner of the Marvel Universe with the upcoming Netflix series "Daredevil." As revealed in December, Goddard will write and direct the first episode of the 13-episode series, which will tie to the upcoming series "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist," and "Luke Cage" before culminating in the crossover miniseries, "The Defenders."

There's no announced timeframe as of yet for The Sinister Six, although it's likely to follow The Amazing Spider-Man 3's June 10, 2016 release date. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, meanwhile, hits theaters on May 2.


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Sinister Six and Venom Films to be Released Before The Amazing Spider-Man 4?

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Apr 10, 2014

Back in June of last year, Sony Pictures announced not only a release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 10, 2016, but also The Amazing Spider-Man 4 on May 4, 2018. A few months later, they revealed plans for two spin-off films, Venom and The Sinister Six, though a release date wasn't set for either at the time.

Now, producer Matt Tolmach says that we'll be seeing the two spin-offs before the fourth entry in the series and that we might see one of them take that release date in the end.

"Before we know what we do with Spider-Man 4," Tolmach said in an interview with Den of Geek. "We're going to do Sinister Six, Venom and Spider-Man 3. There is going to be a lot of crossover in those movies. So we're just not at Spider-Man 4, because we still have a whole other Spider-Man movie and two other movies. So we don't know yet what [Spider-Man 4] is going to be."

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Ed Solomon​ will pen the Venom spin-off, which Kurtzman will direct. The Cabin in the Woods' Drew Goddard will write and direct The Sinister Six.​


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The Sinister Six Plots a Story of Redemption

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Apr 11, 2014

In the wake of confirmation earlier this week that Drew Goddard will be both writing and directing Columbia Pictures' The Amazing Spider-Man spinoff, The Sinister Six, IGN had a chance to sit down with Spider-producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, who dropped a few details about the supervillain team-up.

"[E]verybody's looking for redemption," says Arad. "They're unforgiven… As long as there's that one thing in common: they'll hate Spider-Man. They'll hate him because he's so different from them. But then, you know when you sit by yourself somewhere and you think about it, they all had a different life at one time and that's what's so beautiful about the Spider-Man universe."

"There's no such thing as just a villain," adds Tolmach. "There are villains by virtue of choices that people make but they always begin as humans, as characters. As flawed people; as tragic people. You know great movies have been made about a bunch of bad guys who get together to do something.”

Whether or not a certain wall-crawler will be making an appearance, however, remains to be seen.

"We're definitely not going to say what we're doing in terms of Spider-Man there," says Tolmach.

There's no announced timeframe as of yet for The Sinister Six, although it's likely to follow The Amazing Spider-Man 3's June 10, 2016 release date, potentially replacing The Amazing Spider-Man 4 on May 4, 2018. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, meanwhile, hits theaters on May 2.

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Comic-Con: Release Dates Set for Sinister Six, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Uncharted!

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Jul 23, 2014

Columbia Pictures today announced its updated release strategy for the nearly $4 billion Spider-Man franchise. The next film in the series will be Sinister Six, writer-director Drew Goddard’s highly anticipated villain team-up, which is the first of several planned character and story expansions. The film, which will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, will hit theaters on November 11, 2016.

Columbia Pictures will then release the next installment, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, in 2018.

The studio also announced that it has slated Uncharted for June 10, 2016, a prime summer release date for the highly anticipated film. The movie is an action-adventure based upon the critically- acclaimed and top-selling PlayStation® video game series, which follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Seth Gordon will direct the film. The latest draft of the screenplay is being written by David Guggenheim, and the film will be an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, produced by Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. The video game series was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC (SCEA). Uncharted takes the date on the release schedule previously held by The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

“With Sinister Six in the hands of writer-director Drew Goddard, we feel extremely confident placing the film on a prime date in 2016,” said Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

Belgrad added, “June 10 is a great date for Uncharted. It’s just the right place for this exciting action-adventure film.”


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