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spider-man bannerHere’s an absolute shocker. It seems an official Sony press release announcing two of the previously announced spin-off movies unlocked today and nobody caught it. The first to spot it was CBM user IBelieveInSpidey. After turning up nothing on the press release, some started to wonder if the announcement was legit. Sony launched a new viral site the other day called, showing Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) looking at a computer screen with a countdown that will end on New Years. Well if you go to that site and click the picture, it brings up a PDF file with the press release which you can read below.

The press release announces that Drew Goddard, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci Ed Solomon, and Jeff Pinkner will collaborate with Marc Webb to expand the Spider-Man universe. This giant brain trust will help guide the spinoff films we heard about last week. The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be written by Kurtzman, Orci, and Pinnker with Webb hopefully returning to direct. As we already knew, it is set for a June 10, 2016 release.

The two spinoffs that Sony decided to announce right now are Venom and the Sinister Six. Kurtzman, Orci, and Solomon will write a Venom screenplay, with Kurtzman taking over the director’s chair from Josh Trank. Trank had been attached to the film for several years, but it seems his Fantastic Four duties at Fox will keep him from getting Venom done on Sony‘s schedule. Following Venom will be a Sinister Six film which will be written, and possibly directed, by recently announced Daredevil showrunner Drew Goddard. Apparently this won’t interfere with his Daredevil duties, though he will just write the movie and not direct if it does.

This is huge news and it’s very odd that Sony would allow it to be announced by the random chance that someone clicked on their viral marketing picture. I’m sure we will hear a lot more about this deal in the morning. Just for reference as to how crazy this is, the story first hit around 1:30am EST. For now, read the entire press release below to hear a few words from the folks involved. What do you think about Venom and the Sinister Six getting their own movies in the very near future?

CULVER CITY, Calif., December 12, 2013 – 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.
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.”
The most successful franchise in the history of Columbia Pictures, Spider-Man is embraced all over the world. The four Spider-Man films to date have taken in over $3.2 billion worldwide. Spider-Man, Venom, The Sinister Six and other Spider-Man related characters are licensed to Sony by Marvel Entertainment.


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