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‘LEGO Movie’ Directors Developing Animated ‘Spider-Man’ Feature for Sony

Phil Lord and Chris Miller are writing the treatment and producing the animated feature set to arrive in theaters on July 20, 2018.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be making a new animated Spider-Man movie for Sony. The news was revealed Wednesday night at Sony’s presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where studio chief Tom Rothman made the surprise announcement. The new animated feature is set to arrive in theaters on July 20, 2018.

Lord and Miller, the directors of The Lego MovieCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are developing the animated Spider-Man feature film. They will be writing the treatment and producing the film, but there’s no word yet on whether they will be involved in any directorial capacity. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are also serving as producers.

Check out the full press release, below:

SPIDER-MAN GETS ANIMATED AND DATED WITH PHIL LORD & CHRISTOPHER MILLER AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

LAS VEGAS, NV -- 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.

Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.

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Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.

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