Movies based on Venom and The Sinister Six on the way
Sony Pictures Entertainment is planning to expand the Spider-Man franchise with spin-off movies focusing on Venom and The Sinister Six.
Sony and Marvel Entertainment is collaborating with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard on a 'developing story over several films'.
The group of writers and producers aim to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the franchise.
Kurtzman, Orci and Pinkner are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Webb will return to direct; set for release on June 10th, 2016.
Kurtzman, Orci and Solomon will write the screenplay for Venom, a film focusing on the iconic villain, which Kurtzman will also direct.
Elsewhere, Goddard will write and The Sinister Six, focusing on several villains in the franchise.
“The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets," said Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures.
"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.”
Producers Avi Arad and Matt 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.”