The Wall Street Journal has released the latest information from the Sony Hacking scandal that has rocked the studio, with this latest leak exposing the studios plans for their Spider-Man franchise. While these stolen emails confirm that Sony is indeed planning The Sinister Six for November 2016 and an untitled all-female spin-off, they also reveal that the studio is planning a new animated feature-length comedy to be produced and possibly directed by The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
The leaked emails reveal extensive discussions between executives at Sony and Disney, including talks to and from Sony's motion picture chief Amy Pascal and Disney and Marvel's chief executives Kaz Hirai and Robert Iger. According to these documents, Marvel proposed a new Spider-Man trilogy that would have allowed Sony to retain "creative control, marketing and distribution". In a second series of emails, Amy Pascal confirms that Marvel was lobbying to bring Spider-Man in for Captain America: Civil War, as the character plays a key role in the original comic book storyline. These talks all eventually fell apart, though no reason is given.
As many know, Sony Pictures has come to a standstill in regards to its Spider-Man franchise after the disappointing box office and critical response to this past summer's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. They are desperate to retain the rights to the character, as it is one of their few successful franchises. Everything is being put on hold until Sony holds a Spider-Man summit in January. The untitled Spider-Man Animated Movie is currently in development, though has never been officially announced by the studio. Plans for the summit were still in place as of late November. It is not known how the studio will move forward, or if the summit is still taking place. It is also not known how this leak of information will be handled by Sony Pictures at this time. Will they make an official Spider-Man announcement before January? That remains to be seen.
As far as the Sony hack is concerned, those responsible are threatening to reveal even more information about the studio unless Sony pulls its Christmas day comedy The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen from release. Because the film revolves around the assassination of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, many believe the country is behind, or responsible for the hack. That has not been proven at this point in time.