Sony Pictures Animation is feeling confident as SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE prepares to swing into theaters, as Joaquim Dos Santos (‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’) has been tapped to direct a sequel to the animated superhero movie, while Lauren Montgomery is in negotiations to direct a spinoff that will feature the female heroes in the SPIDER-VERSE.
THR and Deadline report that Bek Smith, a writer on the CBS series ‘Zoo’, has been tapped to write the female-centric spinoff, which is expected to focus on three generations of women (likely including Spider-Gwen) with Spidey powers. Other possible characters include Spider-Woman, Spider-Girl, Madame Web and Silk. Amy Pascal will produce the spinoff, while Phil Lord and Chris Miller are expected to return in some creative capacity along with Avi Arad.
Dos Santos has been busy working on Netflix’s ‘Voltron’ series, while Montgomery also worked on ‘Voltron’ in addition to co-directing the animated movies BATMAN: YEAR ONE and SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE for DC.
While many comic book fans questioned whether Sony could successfully launch its own Marvel universe beyond SPIDER-MAN, the studio proved the doubters wrong with VENOM, which has grossed more than $822 million worldwide. The studio is also developing a KRAVEN THE HUNTER movie and a film based on MORBIUS THE LIVING VAMPIRE that has Jared Leto attached to star.