unveils Avengers-style expansion of Spider-Man franchise
- 14th December 2013
ANGELES - Studio giant Sony revealed an expansion
of its "Spider-Man" franchise Friday to
include spinoffs and sequels, in a move to rival Disney's
Marvel film world centred on "The Avengers"
Pictures Entertainment named a five-strong team of
writers to form a "franchise brain trust to expand
the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous
tone and thread throughout the films."
plans fit with the growing importance for Hollywood
of blockbuster franchises and sequels with characters
that are a proven box-office draw, as the industry
grapples with an ongoing revolution in viewing habits
in association with Marvel Entertainment, is already
working on "Amazing Spider-Man 3," due for
release in 2016, following the first movie in the
series in 2012 and a sequel due for release in 2014.
Friday, they announced two spinoff films, "Venom"
and "The Sinister Six," focusing on villains
in the franchise.
Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio's greatest
assets," said Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia
Pictures, in a statement announcing the expansion
five writers are Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff
Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard. They will work
with producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, and Marc
Webb, who directed 2012's "The Amazing Spider-Man"
and the sequel out next year.
are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled
to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi
and Matt have begun to explore in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'
and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'," added Belgrad.
writers and producers have been involved in other
major franchises and films including "Star Trek,"
"Transformers," "Men in Black"
and "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure,"
among others, Sony said.
more than 50 years' wealth of stories in the comic
books to draw upon for inspiration, the Spider-Man
universe is truly boundless," said the producers.
rival Disney, which owns Marvel, has had huge success
with its films based on Iron Man, Captain America,
the Hulk and Thor, before putting them all together
in last year's "The Avengers," which became
the third-biggest grossing movie ever, after "Avatar"
Bros did something similar with the DC Comics characters
Batman and Superman, who are due to team up in an
upcoming sequel to this year's "Superman: Man
four Spider-Man films so far released -- a triology
by director Sam Raimi from 2002 to 2007 and the first
"The Amazing Spider-Man" last year -- have
made over $3.2 billion worldwide, according to Sony.