As the Sony hack continues to shed light on the inner workings of the studio, it now shows what they were planning recently with the Spider-Man franchise and could mean that some big news is coming soon on that front.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Sony Pictures has had discussions with Marvel about producing a new trilogy of films as well as making an animated film with The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller producing and possibly directing it.
According to the site, in an Oct. 30 e-mail, Sony Pictures president Doug Belgrad tells Sony's motion picture chief Amy Pascal about a potential scenario that would see Marvel produce a new trilogy of Spider-Man movies while Sony retains "creative control, marketing and distribution."
In a separate e-mail, Pascal tells a business partner that Marvel wanted to include Spider-Man in its planned third Captain America movie. It was added that those talks eventually stalled out, but could come back because as of late November, executives were planning a "Spidey summit" for January to discuss future plans.
Among projects in development are an animated Spider-Man comedy that would be produced by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the team behind 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, as well as previously disclosed Spider-Man spin-offs focused on villain team Sinister Six, super-foe Venom, and women from the webslinger's life.
This isn't anything new as it was reported this fall during Comic-Con that Sony and Marvel were having talks about giving the latter studio back the Spider-Man property. As for the animated movie, this is new, and could have life on the basis that Lord and Miller have a close relationship with the studio after the success of the Jump Street franchise.
It seems like the "Spidey summit" that is taking place, if it is still on, in January could be telling of what is to happen next with this brand.