Animated ‘Spider-Man’ in the works with ‘Lego Movie’ directors Lord and Miller

April 23, 2015 | 12:07 p.m.

Make way for more Spider-Man.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have been tapped to develop an animated “Spider-Man” film, Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman announced at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Assn. of Theatre Owners, on Wednesday.

Chris Miller, left, and Phil Lord are developing an animated "Spider-Man" film. ( Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times )

Chris Miller, left, and Phil Lord are developing an animated “Spider-Man” film. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times )

The animated “Spider-Man” will exist independently of the live-action “Spider-Man” universe, which is in the process of being revamped under a deal between Marvel and Sony that brings the iconic webslinger into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe before swinging back to his own franchise at Sony Pictures.

Lord and Miller, who are writing the treatment in addition to producing the animated feature, are the directing team behind “The Lego Movie,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “21 Jump Street” and “22 Jump Street.”

Spider-Man, of course, has seen many animated incarnations on TV starting with the 1967 TV series which is perhaps best remembered for its theme song. Recently, Disney XD’s animated series “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” explored various versions of Spider-Man from different realities in a four-episode arc that turned to the popular “Spider-Verse” story line from the comics. Perhaps the animated “Spider-Man” film will explore a non-Peter Parker incarnation of the hero.

Sony’s “Spider-Man” franchise spans five films to date that have in total grossed more than $4 billion worldwide, making it the studio’s most successful franchise. The most recent installment, 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” grossed $709 million worldwide during its theatrical run.

The film, which lists Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal as producers, has been set for a July 20, 2018 release.

– Tracy Brown | @tracycbrown |@LATHeroComplex

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