Remember that Sinister Six movie that Sony was planning on making after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out? As it just so happens, that's a project that the studio is still interested in making according to producer Amy Pascal. This isn't the first we've heard of the movie still being possible, but this is the first time someone so heavily tied to the studio has expressed interest since the spin-off was presumed dead and buried.
The news came from Amy Pascal directly as part of a wide-ranging interview she did in honor of the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which has earned rave reviews and has given Sony a new leg up in the comic book movie game. As for the future? Pascal reveals they would still love to make the Sinister Six movie, which has a script from Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods, Bad Times at the El Royale), who was also on deck to direct it. Here's what Pascal had to say about it.
"I'm just waiting for Drew to be ready to direct it. I would do anything with Drew Goddard. I'm just waiting for him to tell me he wants to."
Amy Pascal was formerly an executive at Sony but, after the infamous email leak, she departed that role and wound up producing instead, with her primary role focused on the Spider-Man franchise. Lately, that's been going quite well. Aside from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which looks to rake in the dough at the box office this weekend, they had this year's Venom which, despite being bashed by critics, has made more than $850 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest hits of the year.
With that, the studio has renewed faith in their ability to mine their stable of Spider-Man characters for possible standalone franchises. While the Sinister Six movie, which would have featured six of Spidey's most famous villains teaming up and getting up to no good, was intended to take place in the Andrew Garfield universe, there is no reason, in theory, that the script couldn't be reworked a bit to fit in the universe alongside Tom Hardy's Venom. Plus, Drew Goddard is a well-liked filmmaker who, for what it's worth, recently also said that the project could still see the light of day and didn't rule out the possibility of circling back to it.
Unfortunately, Drew Goddard is currently attached to direct the X-Force movie, which is intended to be a follow-up to this year's Deadpool 2. Whether or not that gets going before the Disney merger of Fox is completed remains to be seen. At that point, it's up to Disney to decide if that movie proceeds. If not, that could free Goddard up to head back over to Sony to revive the Sinister Six movie. It sounds like Amy Pascal isn't terribly interested in doing it unless he's involved. It will be interesting to see if this ends up bearing any fruit. We'll be sure to keep you posted on any further developments. This news was first reported by Vanity Fair.