10:22 pm EDT, April 22, 2015

Animated ‘Spider-Man’ film in the works with ‘LEGO Movie’s’ Chris Miller, Phil Lord

At the end of their CinemaCon presentation Wednesday evening, Sony announced directing duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord are “masterminding” an animated Spider-Man.

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The animated Spider-Man movie will open in theaters July 20, 2018. The film will “take Spider-Man back to his graphic roots” and “exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing,” according to a press release.

Lord and Miller are writing the film’s treatment and producing. A director was not named tonight, but Sony reportedly wants Lord and Miller to helm.

Anyone who’s seen Lord and Miller’s LEGO Movie know that this animated Spider-Man film will be in good hands. While details about the type of animation weren’t shared (3D? 2D?), we presume it’ll take on three dimensions to match other modern day animated movies.

Talk of the animated Spider-Man first surfaced in the big Sony leak last December. It was the same hack that first brought to light Sony’s interest in letting Marvel take control of Spidey.

Earlier today we told you Marvel is actively working on casting Spider-Man for Captain America: Civil War, which begins filming in just a couple weeks. Spidey will be making his debut in the Captain America threequel before starring in his own film on July 28, 2017.

Sony’s announcement was the first major news out of CinemaCon so far. Panels from Disney, Warner Bros., and Paramount produced interesting previews and good talent appearances but have lacked big headlines.

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