We thought Sony Pictures “Into The Spider-Verse” was incredible, and fortunately, so did the Academy. The Oscar Phil Lord and Chris Miller won for the feature have boosted their statuses even higher than when they created “The Lego Movie,” and Sony wants more — so they locked them down.
Lord and Miller have signed a nine-figure deal with Sony for exclusivity in developing TV properties. The deal includes the Spider-Man characters and associated villains, as well as everyone that appeared in “Into The Spider-Verse.” Might a TV series explore the depths of that aforementioned Verse? We hope so.
“We are so grateful to everyone at Sony Pictures Television for choosing to partner with us and expand our enduring relationship with the studio,” Lord and Miller said in a joint statement. “Together we aim to make groundbreaking work of the highest quality and integrity, and to place that work in convenient proximity to your eyeballs and earholes, wherever you may be.”
That “enduring relationship” has resulted in Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street, all of which were Sony films. Lord and Miller’s previous TV deal was with Fox, where they developed The Last Man On Earth, Son of Zorn and Making History (only one of those lasted multiple seasons).
However, some of the shows Lord and Miller developed for the Fox deal have yet to surface, so we actually haven’t seen the last of their work for the Fox brand. This fall Bless The Harts, an animated comedy, will appear from their production company, and a Fox-made show called Hoops is scheduled to appear on Netflix soon.