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‘Spider-Man’ Reboot Plans Revealed, the Russo Brothers Want to Produce New Spidey Films

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Yes, it’s another round of leaked e-mails from that massive Sony hack, and yes, it’s another batch of information regarding the studio’s plans for their Spider-Man franchise. Following the underwhelming performance of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Sony hasn’t quite known what to do with their only superhero property—and given that Spider-Man still has great franchise potential in the right creative hands, Sony appears to be coming at this problem from all angles. More leaked e-mails from the company shed light on Sony’s intentions to reboot the franchise yet again, as well as further details on their talks with Marvel for a crossover and how the directors of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ might be involved.

The latest ‘Spider-Man’ news from the Sony hack offers a ton of new information regarding their plans for the franchise. The Daily Beast came across an eight-page document in an e-mail from Jeff Robinov, the head of Studio 8, which has an output deal with Sony. The report details plans for a reboot, likening Spider-Man to James Bond, and includes a list of directors who could possibly save/reinvigorate Spidey:

Brad Bird, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (‘Frozen’), Damien Chazelle (‘Whiplash’), Joe Cornish (‘Attack the Block’), Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’), James Gunn (‘Guardians of the Galaxy’), Don Hall and Chris Williams (‘Big Hero 6‘), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (‘The LEGO Movie’), Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (‘Kon-Tiki’), Colin Trevorrow (‘Jurassic World’), Edgar Wright, and David Yates (the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise).

These are all immensely talented directors who, as the e-mail suggests, really could turn the franchise around—if Sony could land one of them. Robinov goes on to suggest two options for a Spider-Man reboot: Option A would follow the “Kraven’s Last Hunt” story arc from the comics, long considered to be one of the best and most beloved Spider-Man stories. In that story, Kraven the Hunter shoots Spider-Man and leaves him for dead, then proceeds to don the iconic suit, using his new identity to attack criminals.

Option B would focus on Peter Parker/Spider-Man as an adult, having already been leading a dual life for years—this one sounds similar to ‘Batman vs. Superman,’ which sees Batman as a well-established crime-fighter and is based on the popular Frank Miller stories. Like the Batman franchise at Warner Bros., both Sam Raimi and Marc Webb’s ‘Spider-Man’ films have told the hero’s very familiar origin story, and it’s not really necessary to revisit his origin in yet another reboot.

In other e-mails obtained by Brazilian website Overtice (via Blastr), ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Civil War’ co-director Joe Russo offers to produce a new series of ‘Spider-Man’ films along with his brother and co-director Anthony Russo. The pair would produce through their Bullitt shingle, and Russo insists that this is a “conversation worth having,” although he admits that the talk would be “difficult” with producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

This e-mail exchange took place after talks between Sony and Marvel fell through, and it’s unclear if the Russos are still reaching out to Sony to offer their services. The e-mail from Joe Russo indicates that the Russos are still planning to direct ‘The Grey Man’ for Sony, after they finish ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and before they begin directing both of the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ films. That last bit is interesting given that Marvel has yet to officially announce that the Russos are directing the final two ‘Avengers’ films. And we can’t help but wonder how these e-mail leaks might affect the Russo brothers’ relationship with Marvel. Perhaps by bringing the Russos on to a new series of ‘Spider-Man’ films, Marvel and Sony could once again begin talks about a crossover, with the Russos acting as intermediaries between the two studios.

And speaking of Marvel, Mashable uncovered more details on the potential Spider-Man crossover, including a memo Sony exec Amy Pascal sent to herself, outlining the many points and questions she had pertaining to the deal. As of now, it seems as though the talks with Marvel are over, but Pascal’s memo indicates that Sony would want to retain as much control of the character as possible, while also wondering if it would be possible to introduce the Sinister Six in ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ and whether Sony could use Marvel characters in future films.

Spider-Man has probably been the biggest topic of discussion in these e-mail leaks, and for good reason: he’s Sony’s only major superhero property and superhero franchises have vast potential, both creatively and financially. It’s a shame that Sony hasn’t quite figured out what to do with the character.

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