Following the news of the five potential candidates or the new live-action Spider-Man, Sony has now announced a Spider-Man animated movie.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directors behind The LEGO Movie, Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs and the Jump Street movies, will be directing the new animated Spider-Man film, which will be released July 20, 2018.
Tom Rothman, the new chairman of Sony, announced the news today at CinemaCon where it was noted the animated movie will exist independently of the live-action Spider-Man movies.
Both Lord and Miller are also writing and producing the animated Spider-Man movie, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal onboard as producers as well.
The live-action Spider-Man is set to debut in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War followed by a new standalone movie from Sony in 2017 speculated to be directed by Drew Goddard.
Update: You can read the official press release from Sony below.
SPIDER-MAN GETS ANIMATED AND DATED WITH PHIL LORD & CHRISTOPHER MILLER AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 22, 2015 – 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.
Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.