Sony is bringing a live-action version of its Spider-Man characters to the small screen in several all-new TV series. According to half of the Lord and Miller duo, there are even more Marvel TV shows in the works than the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con let on. In April, the creators behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse signed a five-year overall television deal with Sony Pictures Television to create original content. Under the deal, the duo can develop their own projects as well as supervise other writers' projects.
After the breakout success of Into The Spider-Verse, reports have been flying that Lord and Miller will be expanding that universe by developing spin-off TV shows for certain characters. When speaking at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Miller didn't confirm or deny these rumors, but he did have this to say about their plans.
"We are developing a handful of live-action shows using Sony's Marvel characters, of which there are like 900 characters. We're figuring out a way to develop the shows so that each are their own unique experience but are also related."
Sony purchased the rights to a handful of Marvel properties in 1999, when the independent comic book company had not yet cracked the code on superhero cinema. Since then, Sony released the mixed-bag trilogy from director Sam Raimi and tried to reboot the franchise again with an entirely new cast of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, but it fizzled by the second film. In 2015, Marvel, now seven years into their massive Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Sony came to an agreement to share the rights, allowing the Sony-created Spider-Man to feature in the MCU.
As Disney continues to expand its reach, people have speculated about the future home of the web slinger, but Sony's recent successes with Venom and Into the Spider-Verse look promising for the studio. Disney, on the other had, recently announced its Phase 4 slate and it is full of Marvel characters on the small screen. With Disney Plus, DC's ArrowVerse and the completed Netflix Marvel shows (should anything ever happen with them again) filling television schedules, it's hard to imagine where Lord and Miller will squeeze in. The creators, however, are confident.
"We've been talking to a lot of potential teammates for trying to do something not like anything else that's been done on television. It'll be a little while before it all comes together and is on the air, but I think it is going to be something really special,"
It seems it will take a while before we learn any more details about the shows and where they will land. Miller hopes they'll know in a few months and a schedule can be announced. Meanwhile, Disney may be regretting their decision to fire them from the disappointing Han Solo: A Story Wars story because these Oscar-winners are doubling down on Sony. Lord and Miller first saw success in 2009 when they directed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, then they reached older audiences with their surprisingly hilarious 21 Jump Street 1 and 2.
Once they launched the Lego Movie franchise they became household names. The two will not be returning to direct the third Jump Street film, but they will stay on as producers. They currently have a slew of projects on their producing docket including the animated comedy Bless the Harts. This news was first reported by Deadline.