Drew Goddard will not only be writing Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man franchise spinoff The Sinister Six, but will now be directing the feature as well. The Hollywood Reporter is stating that the writer/director of Cabin In The Woods is the process of closing a deal to direct the spin-off which would see the teaming-up of several of Spidey’s biggest enemies for an unspecified reason.
Goddard was hired to write the film last December. At the same time, Sony also hired Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Ed Solomon to write a solo film for the Spider-Man villain Venom, with Kurtzman being eyed to direct.
Last month Sony executive Amy Pascal stated that much of the groundwork for the Sinister Six film will be laid in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which hits theaters May 2. In that film we will get three villains in Electro (Jamie Foxx), Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), and Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Also lurking around in the Amazing Spider-Man universe is the first film’s villain the Lizard (Rhys Ifans), so there are four useable villains right there before we even get to the fact that the film’s trailer flashed a hint of two more – The Vulture and Doctor Octopus.
There is no official date set by Sony for the Sinister Six film. Right now, Goddard is gearing up to shoot Netflix’s Daredevil miniseries which will be part of the streaming service’s five-series deal with Marvel Studios that should start rolling out in 2015. If he got to work on Siniser Six soon afterwards, the could conceivably be ready by 2017. That would slot nicely in between between The Amazing Spider-Man 3‘s planned release in 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 hitting theaters in 2018, as well as fitting in with the studio’s plan to have a new Spider-Man film in theaters every year.