Spike Lee Will Direct Sony's Next 'Spider-Man' Spin-Off, 'Nightwatch'

Spike Lee Will Direct Sony's Next 'Spider-Man' Spin-Off, 'Nightwatch'

Mar 14, 2018

While presently sharing  Spider-Man with Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony is on a mission to mine all its other superhero options. So far, the studio has greenlit movies focused on former Spidey villain Venom (this fall's Venom) and a team-up between Black Cat and Silver Sable (2019's Silver & Black), with a Morbius: The Living Vampire film supposedly in the wings. Now they're looking to develop a standalone feature for Nightwatch, another Spidey-verse supporting character.

According to That Hashtag Show, Sony is looking at Spike Lee to direct the movie. The filmmaker has never made a sci-fi or fantasy film, let alone a superhero movie, so this would be new territory for the guy behind Do the Right Thing and Inside Man -- although he has in the past claimed Malcolm X fits into the genre. The idea of Lee being involved with a Nightwatch movie was rumored last fall, but reportedly he's now very close to being confirmed for the gig. 

The script comes via Cheo Hodari Coker, whose previous credits include Marvel's Luke Cage for Netflix, the rapper biopic Notorious and the upcoming Creed II. The plot is unknown, but in the comics Nightwatch is the vigilante superhero alias of an African-American doctor who finds a high-tech suit on the corpse of his older self, apparently originating from another timeline. That sounds rather convoluted, and hopefully the adaptation will be able to streamline the back story for unfamiliar moviegoers.

Although Nightwatch appeared alongside Spidey and other Marvel characters in the comics, it's still unclear if Sony's upcoming Marvel-based projects will be tied together in any way. There are rumors of Spider-Man making an appearance in Venom, but there's no confirmation on that or Silver & Black being in the same cinematic canon. At least we know one thing about Sony's superhero movies: between Lee and Silver & Black's Gina Prince-Bythewood, the studio is making good on inclusive hires for its directors. 

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