The Hollywood-power duo behind The Lego Movie, Jump Street and Spider-Verse have departed the longtime home at 20th Century Fox TV for a massive five-year deal with Sony Pictures.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are moving their overall deal from 20th Century Fox TV to Sony Pictures TV. After producing one of the most critically acclaimed superhero films of all time with Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse, the duo have signed a five-year overall deal that sources value in the nine-figure range.
Under the agreement, Lord and Miller will create and develop their own comedy and drama projects for broadcast, cable and streaming as well as supervise other writers’ projects.
Furthermore, the pair will also be involved in developing a universe of television series based on Sony’s universe of Marvel characters. Those include Spider-Man (who brings along all his villains, like Green Goblin), Venom (a sequel with Tim Hardy is in the works), Morbius (which has Jared Leto starring in a live-action feature) and, Black Cat and Silver Sable (both in development on the film side).
Select television projects related to Sony’s Marvel characters will be produced in partnership with former Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal. Also in development is a sequel to Into the Spider-Verse that follows Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy as well as an all-female spin-off.
“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,” SPT chairman Mike Hopkins said. “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.”
On the TV side, all of Lord and Miller’s projects will be produced via their Lord Miller Productions banner that is overseen by Aubrey Lee, who will also make the move to Sony and continue as vp TV development and production.
“We are so grateful to everyone at Sony Pictures Television for choosing to partner with us and expand our enduring relationship with the studio,” Lord and Miller said in a joint statement Monday. “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.”
The pact is a big win for Sony TV, a studio that has struggled to keep and land talent in an era dominated by streaming outlets. Multiple studios were reportedly vying to Lord and Miller but Sony ended up coming out on top.
“Phil and Chris have reimagined every medium and genre they have touched,” said Sony Pictures Television president Frost. “Whether it’s television, features or animation, they have created their own unique brand and style. We are so excited to be working with these brilliant creators and showrunners and are looking forward to collaborating with them in every aspect of television — comedy, drama, animation and beyond.”