Sony To Head Female Superhero Movie Development For 'Spider-Man' Franchise

Sony Pictures’s current success of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise has played a major role in branching into its own universe with the forthcoming production of The Sinister Six, with at least two more movies featuring the classic wall-crawling character. That said, with the prominence of female characters and overall impact of women in comic book and movie lore, it appears Sony Pictures has heard the call to take its creativity in another direction.

Sony has officially undergone efforts to revamp the Spider-Man film franchise to work on a female superheroine to the big screen, according to a new report from Deadline. The report says Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the producers behind director Drew Goddard’s spin-off project, The Sinister Six, are producing the female-centered film which is being written by Lisa Joy Nolan. Details are yet to determine which character the new film will focus on, although the listed contenders are Spider-Woman, Black Cat, Sable, Stunner and Firestar, among others. Ironically, a report arrived earlier this year that Marvel was supposedly developing a Spider-Woman film franchise with actress Vanessa Hudgens attached. This could be the very same project as these development periods span pretty lengthily, but nothing has since been confirmed.

Sony has dated the film for a 2017 release, placing the film after its November 11, 2016 date for the currently-developing Sinister Six film. In the meantine, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has since been moved back to a to-be-announced 2018 date, with the fourth still awaiting further updates.

Goddard is also producing the new 2015 Daredevil series for Netflix with Steven DeKnight as the series’ showrunner.

Stay tuned for more updates.