With just weeks to go before Sony unveils the highly anticipated animated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony Pictures Animation is already in the process of putting the pieces together for not just a sequel but a spinoff as well.
The report comes from THR, who say that Joaquim Dos Santos, known for his work on cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender and more recently, Netflix’s Voltron series, has signed on to direct the sequel.
Details surrounding the Spider-Verse sequel have not been announced yet but it is expected to solely focus on the young Miles Morales/Spider-Man.
Furthermore, Lauren Montgomery, who also worked on Voltron and co-directed animated movies Batman: Year One and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse for DC, is in negotiations to helm an untitled Spider-Verse project that will gather the female heroes in the Spider-Man universe of characters in one adventure. Bek Smith (Zoo) will pen the script.
The all-female project is rumored to have Spider-Gwen, played by Hailee Steinfeld take centre stage with other characters such as Spider-Woman, Madame Web, Spider-Girl and Silk being possible contenders to appear.
Amy Pascal, who is a producer on the Spider-Verse as well as the live-action Spider-Man movies, will be back in the producer’s chair for these projects. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the team behind Spider-Verse, are expected to be creatively involved but there is currently no deal in place.
Sony’s animated Spider-Man films join a long line of Spider-centric films while the live-action Peter Parker (and future live-action Miles Morales) remain with Disney and Marvel Studios. And among other projects in development is a feature on anti-hero Morbius the Living Vampire with Jared Leto attached to star.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theatres on December 14, 2018.