Producer Amy Pascal wants to revive Drew Goddard's Sinister Six movie, in light of Sony's recent success with the Spider-Man franchise. Following the studio's failed attempt to launch a shared universe around The Amazing Spider-Man films, Sony's webslinger brand is arguably stronger now than it's ever been. Tom Holland's Peter Parker joined the MCU last year and has since become one of the franchise's most beloved stars. Meanwhile, Sony's Venom is one of 2018's biggest box office successes and the studio's animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is already one of the year's most critically acclaimed films (superhero, animated, or otherwise).
Sony isn't wasting any time building on that success either, and already has sequels to Venom and Spider-Verse in the works (not to mention, an all-female character spinoff for the latter). The studio is also moving full speed ahead with other Spider-Man villain films, starting with Morbius the Living Vampire starring Jared Leto. However, if Pascal is to be believed, the postponed villain team-up Sinister Six might not be too far behind those movies.
In an interview with Vanity Fair to promote Spider-Verse, Pascal touched upon the many Spider-Man films that Sony currently has in some stage of development. Among them are Goddard's Sinister Six script, which the Cabin in the Woods and Bad Times at the El Royale filmmaker originally wrote for the Amazing Spider-Man series. Pascal told Vanity Fair she still hopes to make the movie with Goddard, whenever he's ready and willing:
“I’m just waiting for Drew to be ready to direct it. I would do anything with Drew Goddard. I’m just waiting for him to tell me he wants to."
Goddard actually stepped down as showrunner on Marvel's Daredevil Netflix series to go make Sinister Six a few years back. That made it all the more disappointing when the Amazing Spider-Man universe was eventually abandoned and Goddard's villain team-up was (seemingly) lost with it. Unfortunately, Goddard finds himself in a similar position yet again, now that X-Force (his intended Deadpool spinoff) has been delayed by Disney's purchase of Fox. It's worth noting, however, that X-Force hasn't been outright cancelled yet, so Goddard may yet work on that film next. Still, depending on how things shake out once the Disney-Fox deal is finalized, it sounds like Goddard's Sinister Six plans could be revived instead.
This year's Bad Times at the El Royale showed that Goddard (among other things) knows how to craft a crackling yarn featuring unscrupulous characters. That makes the prospect of him tackling Sinister Six all the more enticing, especially now that he'll have more creative freedom than he did back when the spinoff was part of the Amazing Spider-Man continuity. Either way, here's hoping he gets to actually direct a comic book movie at some point in the future.
Source: Vanity Fair
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018