'Captain America' Directing Duo Land Sony First-Look Deal

Joe and Anthony Russo look to have a busy future in features, even past 2016's "Captain America: Civil War." Deadline has word Tuesday that the directing duo have entered into a three-year first look-deal with Sony Pictures, where the brothers will develop film projects for Sony's Columbia and TriStar divisions.

"We're thrilled to make a home at Sony Pictures, and to be partnering with the entire team," the Russo Brothers said in a statement. "The studio has created an environment that is not only collaborative, but truly filmmaker-friendly and we're excited to begin developing both new and ambitious material with them."

If a Russo Brothers/Sony collaboration sounds familiar, there's a good reason -- leaked emails following last year's illegal hack on Sony's servers revealed that the directors proposed taking over the Spider-Man franchise as producers. It's also been widely speculated, albeit not confirmed, that "Civil War," which will be directed by the Russos, will be the Marvel Studios film to introduce the new on-screen Spider-Man. Today's news doesn't indicate anything specific about Spider-Man's film future, but at the very least, the Russos and Spidey now have a home at the same studio. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and former Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal were announced last month as producers of the next Spidey film, scheduled for release on July 28, 2017.

The Russos had a strong record on TV -- including directing multiple episodes of Community, produced by Sony Pictures Television -- before having major success in film with last year's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." The pair are set to return to Marvel Studios for "Captain America: Civil War," with a scheduled release date of May 6, 2016.

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