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Sony is adding another solo movie to its Spider-Man universe. Sony has tapped The Amazing Spider-Man 2 writer Roberto Orci to pen an untitled Spider-Man spin-off film which would take place in the studio’s universe of Spider-Man-related titles like Venom and Morbius.
The Wrap broke the news that Sony has tapped Roberto Orci, best known for co-writing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, to pen the script for a yet-untitled Spider-Man spin-off movie. Orci’s project will be part of Sony’s Spider-Man universe, which is not connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but includes Marvel Comics properties that are have crossed paths with Spider-Man, like Nightwatch, Silk, Venom, Silver and Black, and Morbius the Living Vampire.
It’s unknown whether this untitled Spider-Man spin-off will feature a comic book character who we’ve already met in one of the movies that have already been released in the Sony universe, which thus far includes the Tom Hardy-starring Venom and the upcoming Morbius starring Jared Leto, or if it will be a character who has not yet had their big screen debut. Sony already has several films in development or announced for its Spider-Man universe, including Nightwatch, Kraven the Hunter, Black Cat, Silver Sable, The Sinister Six, Madame Web, and Silk. Sony is also considering films based on Jackpot and Mysterio.
Both Jackpot and Mysterio are potential contenders for this untitled Spider-Man spin-off, as neither titles have writers or directors attached to them — it’s also unlikely that Jake Gyllenhaal would reprise his role as Mysterio after appearing as the villain in Spider-Man: Far From Home. There’s also the possibility that this will be a Kraven the Hunter film — a frequent enemy of Spider-Man and a formidable superstrong opponent, the character’s name has been thrown around a lot recently as a suggested rogue for Tom Holland’s third outing as Spidey in the MCU. But perhaps Sony will want that character for a solo feature in its Spider-Man universe.
Orci is an Emmy-winning TV writer and producer who has co-created Fox’s Fringe, Sleepy Hollow, and more. But his film credits have mostly been in big teams, often paired with Alex Kurtzman in films like Paramount’s Star Trek films and Mission: Impossible III. But he does have history with Spider-Man, as one of the three writers credited on the disappointing Amazing Spider-Man 2. It’s too soon to say how he would fare solo on a Spider-Man spin-off film....
Yet another major production has reportedly been put on hold for the time being. The currently untitled Spider-Man 3, which will see Tom Holland return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe following last summer's Far From Home, is rumored to hit the pause button. It joins other major comic book movies such as The Batman and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings as big 2021 releases that have been affected by the shutdown brought on by current events.
According to a new report that is going over the wide-ranging implications of the Hollywood shutdown, it was revealed that Spider-Man 3 has also been put on hold for the time being. The plan had been to begin filming in July, which means Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios were undoubtedly in pre-production before the things escalated to where they are now. There is no word currently on how long the delay is expected to last, but the situation has been evolving rapidly and has proved to be unpredictable.
With movie theaters shut down all around the world and with productions on pause on both the TV and movie side of things, the entertainment industry is bleeding cash right now. A number of high-profile releases have had their release dates pushed back, including Mulan, Black Widow, F9, A Quiet Place: Part II and No Time to Die, amongst others. Sony recently pushed most of its major releases for the year, including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius, to 2021, with Venom 2 being a notable exception. For now at least. Tom Holland's schedule could become an issue as the Uncharted movie was recently pushed back as well.
Plot details are largely being kept under wraps for Spider-Man 3 at this time. Jon Watts, who directed both Homecoming and Far From Home, is set to return to round out the trilogy. Tom Holland will be back as Peter Parker, with Zendaya also returning as MJ. We know for sure it will be picking up with the major cliffhanger we were left with at the end of Far From Home, which saw Mysterio revealing Spider-Man's identity to the world, while also framing him for murder. There is no word yet on who may be the main villain. Chris McKenna penned the screenplay.
The difference with this delay is that the MCU is dependent on the release order. The movies all tie in with one another, to varying degrees. Depending on how this all shakes out, it could end up meaning larger changes for the larger MCU plans, especially with shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision also on the way. Fortunately, for now, Black Widow is the only movie that has had its release date pushed back. That shouldn't complicate things too much, especially since it's a prequel. As it stands, Spider-Man 3 is set to arrive in theaters on July 16, 2021. We'll be sure to keep you posted as the situation develops. This news comes to us vi Sight and Sound Magazine.
[Note: The following interview contains spoilers for “Westworld” Season 3, Episode 2 “The Winter Line.”]
No, your eyes did not deceive you. That was a dragon in the belly of the Parks.
“Westworld” Season 3’s second episode finds the unlikely team of Bernard and Stubbs making their way through the treacherous labyrinth of behind-the-scenes testing and staging rooms. At one point, the action cuts away from the two series regulars to focus on two other men weighing some dark choices for the fire breather coiled up in the room next to them.
Of course, these schemers were played by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the real-life co-creators and main duo behind fellow HBO behemoth “Game of Thrones.”
Much like a writers room joke about Hemingworld eventually set Warworld in motion, this week’s quick cameo came from another source very familiar to “Thrones” fans.
“George R. R. Martin had long joked about wanting a crossover between ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Westworld,'” series co-creator Lisa Joy told IndieWire. “Somehow, he must have incepted that idea in our heads, because when it was time to explore, to have Stubbs and Bernard run through this world, we knew that we had to have fun with it.”
For a show that seems based on meticulous, intricate plotting across multiple timelines and realities, bringing Benioff and Weiss into the fold had more casual origins. While the two were in post-production on the final season of “Game of Thrones,” some catch-up time with Joy and Jonathan Nolan set the plan in motion.
“Over a beer we pitched them a silly idea and they very graciously said yes. It was really more an excuse to hang out on set together,” Nolan said. “They’ve been very kind to us over the years. We could not be making our show if they had not blazed the trail of gigantically ambitious cinematic television.”
“The idea of taking these great pals and humiliating them in these white suits, and to bring their little pet over to play was too good to pass up,” Joy said.
This isn’t the first time the show has brought in real-life creators for on-camera recognition. Season 2 enlisted composer Ramin Djawadi to pose as an in-park townsperson and pluck away at a guitar. This week’s episode has another string instrument player — Nolan confirmed that wasn’t Djawadi but joked, “We’ll get him back next season!” As with the Benioff and Weiss scene, that cameo came from a long evening of filming.
“We like to take our good friends and traumatize the shit out of them with night shoots and make them stay up all night,” Joy said with a laugh.
For more thoughts on the rest of Sunday’s episode, read Ben Travers’...