Animated ‘Spider-Man’ film being developed by ‘The Lego Movie’ directors

Animated movie will swing into cinemas a year after the next live-action 'Spider-Man' film

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the writer-directors behind The Lego Movie, are making an animated Spider-Man film.

Lord and Miller have been hired to write and produce the animated Spider-Man movie, which Sony Pictures boss Tom Rothman announced at the Cinemacon event in Las Vegas yesterday (April 22). However, the duo are not currently signed up to direct the film as well.

Sony has set the animated Spider-Man film for release on July 20, 2018 – around a year after its new live-action Spider-Man movie, made in conjunction with Marvel, which will open in cinemas on July 28, 2017.

Following a landmark deal made between Sony Pictures and Marvel in February, Spider-Man’s next big screen appearance will be in an upcoming Marvel film. Which one has yet to be announced, but it is widely expected that the new Spider-Man will make his screen debut in May 2017’s Captain America: Civil War.

Marvel’s president Kevin Feige recently revealed that the new Spider-Man will be “a 15 or 16-year-old Peter Parker” – noticeably younger than versions of the character played on the big screen by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Up-and-coming actors including Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Asa Butterfield (Hugo) and Timothee Chalamet (Homeland) are rumoured to be in the running for the role.