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Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are leaving 20th Century Fox TV to set up a new overall deal at Sony Picture Entertainment, which includes overseeing a slew of TV shows based on Marvel Comics characters. Per THR, Lord and Miller have signed a five-year overall deal with Sony TV, where they will create and develop comedy and drama projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming as well as supervise other writers’ projects. As an addendum—and perhaps the most intriguing part of the deal—Lord and Miller will be involved in developing TV shows based on Sony’s universe of Marvel Comics characters.
You’ll recall that while Disney’s acquisition of Fox has now brought Marvel Comics like X-Men and Fantastic Four under the purview of Marvel Studios—the studio behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe and films like Avengers: Endgame—Sony Pictures still holds the license to the Spider-Man comics and characters within. So these new TV projects will be based on said comics, which include Spider-Man and his villains, Venom, Morbius, and Black Cat and Silver Sable.
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Feature film adaptations of these characters are already in the works with other filmmakers—Ruben Fleischer’s Venom was a hit last year and a sequel is in development, and the Morbius movie is currently filming with Jared Leto in the lead role. But it appears that Lord and Miller will work to expand these universes on the TV side of things, which could be seen as a counter to Marvel Studios’s upcoming Disney+ shows like Falcon...
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