New Sony honcho Tom Rothman took the stage at CinemaCon today and made a pretty garbled announcement about a Spider-Man animated movie. I'm sorry if my tweets from the event caused confusion, so here's the press release which makes everything clearer:
On July 20, 2018, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller the directors of The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature, it was announced today at CinemaCon by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.
Lord & Miller are masterminding the project, writing the treatment and producing the film.
As previously announced, Spider-Man will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, a live-action film being produced by Kevin Feige at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. The animated film from Lord & Miller, dated July 20, 2018, has Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Pascal also serving as producers.
So Miller & Lord will lead the project by developing the story and producing, and it will not be tied in to the live action MCU. Rothman made it sound like it would be in continuity.
This is still huge news! Lord & Miller on an animated Spidey is a dream come true. The opportunities to have fun with this are enormous, and some of Steve Ditko's most Ditko-y ideas could be brought to screen. I'm excited to learn more.