The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony's efforts to expand its Spider-Man franchise include an animated comedy produced by "The LEGO Movie" team of Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Emails from the inbox of Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal also confirm plans for a female-led "Amazing Spider-Man" spinoff.
According to the newspaper, the emails reveal extensive discussions about the proposed crossover that went as high as Sony CEO Kaz Hirai and Disney CEO Bob Iger. In an Oct. 30 email to Pascal, Sony Pictures President Doug Belgrad even floated the possibility of Marvel producing a new Spider-Man trilogy, with Sony retaining "creative control, marketing and distribution."
The talks with Marvel and Disney eventually broke down for undisclosed reasons, with the documents revealing that as of Nov. 30, Sony executives were planning a January "Spidey summit" to discuss the future of the franchise.
That future appears to be in flux, with the studio shifting the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" from 2016 to 2018 following the disappointing performance of the second film. In its place, Sony has scheduled the first of two announced spinoffs, the villain-focused "Sinister Six," for Nov. 11, 2016. The second, "Venom," doesn't have a release date.