Marvel Studios has Kevin Feige serving as the "chief architect" for its movie universe, while Simon Kinberg is currently shepherding the Fox side of the Marvel film world with the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties. In the meantime, director Marc Webb has become a key creative force behind Sony's rebooted Spider-Man universe.
Ever since the 2012 release of The Amazing Spider-Man, the filmmaker has been entrenched in Spidey's world, prepping this summer's sequel as well as laying groundwork for future installments and spin-offs. While we're not sure exactly how long Webb will remain onboard as captain on the franchise (we now know that he is set to return for the third film), the director reportedly has another project in the works - this one not featuring everyone's favorite webslinger.
According to Deadline, Fox has acquired the film rights to an upcoming book entitled Cold Comfort (aka How to Catch a Russian Spy) for Webb to direct. The project centers on the true story of an American spy who collaborated with the FBI to take down a Russian intelligence agent.
The film is said to be a "strong star vehicle for a comic actor in the vein of Jonah Hill," though it's unclear whether Cold Comfort is a full-on comedy or more of a dramatic tale with comedic undertones. Either way, the mention of Hill makes sense, considering that the actor has managed to shift effortlessly between hit comedies like 21 Jump Street to Oscar-nominated roles in films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street.
It's worth noting that Cold Comfort is likely part of Webb's development deal with Fox - the studio behind his 2009 romantic dramedy (500) Days of Summer - and the very same deal that nearly prevented him from directing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the first place. Previous reports have said that Webb may only be contracted to direct one more film for Fox, and if that's the case, there is every possibility that he may stick with the Amazing Spider-Man franchise for the long haul.
As for Cold Comfort, it sounds like the film could be a nice change of pace for Webb and provide a palate cleanser of sorts for the big-budget superhero fare he's been working with for the past few years. Assuming that the film does have a comedic angle, it could easily be aiming for a tone similar to something like Catch Me If You Can.
Do you think that Webb is a good fit for Cold Comfort? Who would you like to see star in the film? Let us know in the comments.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Cold Comfort as this story develops.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters on May 2, 2014, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 10, 2016.