The two dudes who got fired from Solo aren't doing so bad for themselves. After getting to watch that Star Wars standalone tank at the box office, the pair, who had previously directed The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street to much success, produced Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse only to see it win Best Animated Film at his year's Oscars. Now, Sony TV has tasked the dubious duo to develop a TV universe based on their stable of Marvel owned characters which is headlined by Spider-Man himself and includes Venom, Morbius the Living Vampire and a whole host of other favorites who are not directly associated with Disney and Marvel Studios' MCU.
Chris Miller and Phil Lord ducked out of their longtime home at 20th Century Fox TV, which comes directly on the hills of Disney buying Fox. Now they have signed a massive 5 year deal with Sony Pictures TV. The deal is said to be in the 9 figure range, and will include such tasks as writing, producing and directing.
The duo will be able to create and develop their own comedy and drama projects for broadcast, cable and streaming under the new deal. They all also be supervising on other projects. But the biggest part of this deal is getting to develop Sony's Marvel TV Universe. These selected TV projects will be produced in partnership with former Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal. It's said that all of the characters included in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are available for their own possible spin-offs. But the full weight of what that means hasn't been fully explored just yet. It isn't being announced which particular character Miller and Lord will take on first. SPT chairman Mike Hopkins had this to say in a statement.
"This is a significant milestone for our television business, having the opportunity to work with two of the most creative forces in the industry in both our film and television businesses. Building on our strong IP and creating new franchises has been a key focus for SPE, and the best way to do that is to invest in remarkable storytellers like Phil and Chris. We are thrilled to welcome them to the SPT family, and I want to thank [SPT co-presidents] Jeff [Frost], Chris [Parnell] and Jason [Clodfelter] for all their hard work in pulling this deal together."
Chris Miller and Phil Lord are old faces over at Sony Entertainment. They helmed the animated hit Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and kickstarted the Jump Street franchise, directing both movies in that TV-to-Film adaptation. Lord and Miller expressed this in a joint statement.
"We are so grateful to everyone at Sony Pictures Television for choosing to partner with us and expand our enduring relationship with the studio. Together we aim to make groundbreaking work of the highest quality and integrity, and to place that work in convenient proximity to your eyeballs and earholes, wherever you may be."
Sony Pictures is an independent entity that has been struggling as huge streaming outlets set about creating their own content, like Hulu and Netflix. Miller and Lord hope to change that idea. The hope is that Sony's Marvel TV Universe will rival what Marvel Studios is planning over at Disney+. This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter.