‘Spider-Woman’ and Other ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Follow-Ups in the Works at Sony

Building on the buzz surrounding the upcoming “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Sony Pictures is looking at ways to continue its expansion of the animated franchise. The studio is planning a Spider-Verse sequel that will continue Miles Morales’ story, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Joaquim Dos Santos, whose recent credits include Netflix’s “Voltron” series, has been tapped to direct the sequel.

The studio is also looking for other spin-offs, and one that is gaining traction is a Spider-Women film that will focus on three generations of women with Spidey powers. Though no decisions have been made, one of these characters could very well be Spider-Gwen, a breakout character from the Spider-Verse. Bek Smith will write the screenplay.

Amy Pascal will produce, and it’s likely that Avi Arad and filmmaking duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will also be involved.

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These films are next up on the animated side of Sony’s schedule, and the studio continues the development of its live-action universe of Marvel characters as well.

Smith is repped by Verve and Kaplan/Perrone.

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ will be released on Dec. 14. The movie’s voice cast also includes Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez and Lily Tomlin.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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Building on the buzz surrounding the upcoming “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Sony Pictures is looking at ways to continue its expansion of the animated franchise. The studio is planning a Spider-Verse sequel that will continue Miles Morales’ story, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Joaquim Dos Santos, whose recent credits include Netflix’s “Voltron” series, has been tapped to direct the sequel.

The studio is also looking for other spin-offs, and one that is gaining traction is a Spider-Women film that will focus on three generations of women with Spidey powers. Though no decisions have been made, one of these characters could very well be Spider-Gwen, a breakout character from the Spider-Verse. Bek Smith will write the screenplay.

Amy Pascal will produce, and it’s likely that Avi Arad and filmmaking duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will also be involved.

These films are next up on the animated side of Sony’s schedule, and the studio continues the development of its live-action universe of Marvel characters as well.

Smith is repped by Verve and Kaplan/Perrone.

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ will be released on Dec. 14. The movie’s voice cast also includes Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez and Lily Tomlin.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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Pascal Pictures Acquires Uzma Jalaluddin Novel ‘Ayesha At Last’

EXCLUSIVE: Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures has acquired Ayesha at Last, a Muslim romantic dramedy novel by Uzma Jalaluddin. Eric Fineman and Isabel Siskin will be the execs shepherding it. The novel, which was published in Canada and will debut in t…

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New ‘Venom’ Trailer Unleashes Tom Hardy’s Body-Ripping Alter Ego (Video)

Tom Hardy unleashes his lethal alter ego in all his creepy, body-ripping gory — I mean glory — in the new full-length trailer for “Venom.”
Hardy stars as journalist Eddie Brock, who undergoes an experiment to be able to transfor…

Tom Hardy unleashes his lethal alter ego in all his creepy, body-ripping gory — I mean glory — in the new full-length trailer for “Venom.”

Hardy stars as journalist Eddie Brock, who undergoes an experiment to be able to transform (reluctantly, it seems) into the sharp-fanged creature known as Venom.

“We will eat both of your arms and then both of your legs and then we will eat your face right off of your head,” Venom tells one apparent baddie in a convenience store. “You will be this armless, legless, faceless thing, won’t you, going down the street like a turd in the wind?”

The film, which is not considered a spinoff of the Sony-based “Spider-Man” franchise even though the character originated in the Spider-Man universe for which Sony controls film rights, also stars Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson.

Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on a script by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”). Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal.

Sony plans an Oct. 5 release for “Venom.”

Watch the new trailer above.

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Spider-Man’s ‘Silk,’ a Korean-American Superhero, Gets Her Own Movie

A movie is in the works based on the Marvel comic “Silk,” which centers on Korean-American superheroine Cindy Moon. Sony Pictures and producer Amy Pascal are developing the film based on a character that first appeared in “The Amazing…

A movie is in the works based on the Marvel comic “Silk,” which centers on Korean-American superheroine Cindy Moon. Sony Pictures and producer Amy Pascal are developing the film based on a character that first appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man #1” in 2014 — created by writer Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos. She’s part […]

‘Silk’ Movie: Sony Developing ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff, Featuring Korean-American Superheroine — Report

Sony and producer Amy Pascal are hopeful about bringing the superhero created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos to the big screen.

Sony and producer Amy Pascal are in the early stages of developing a movie adaptation of the Marvel comic book series based on the superhero “Silk,” Deadline reports. The character was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos and debuted in 2014. Silk is a Korean-American superhero and the alter ego of Cindy Moon, who was bit by the same radioactive spider that turned Peter Parker into Spider-Man. Cindy and Peter attend the same high school in Queens, New York.

“Silk” would another major push for inclusivity in the superhero tentpole space. Following the blockbuster successes of “Wonder Woman” and “Black Panther,” studios are actively seeking more inclusive blockbusters. “Captain Marvel,” opening in March 2019, will be Marvel’s first tentpole headlined by a solo female superhero.

Sony’s upcoming superhero films include “Venom,” which opens in theaters October 5. Pascal is also behind “Venom,” as well as a film adaptation of the “Silver & Black” comic book series. An individual close to the project also confirmed to The Wrap Sony is developing the “Silk” comic book as a film.

IndieWire has reached out to Sony for further comment. Visit Marvel’s official website for more inflation on the Silk character.

‘Silk’: Sony Developing Project About Marvel Comic Korean-American Heroine

Sony is developing “Silk,” from Sony’s universe of Marvel-licensed characters about Korean-American heroine Cindy Moon, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Amy Pascal is producing.

“Silk” first appeared in April 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #1” and was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos.

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According to the Marvel Wiki, when high school student Cindy Moon was attending a public exhibition demonstrating the safe handling of nuclear laboratory waste materials, sponsored by the General Techtronics Corporation, a spider irradiated by a particle accelerator used in the demonstration bit Peter Parker on the hand and fell from his hand. The spider then bit Cindy in her ankle before dying. Cindy’s story was revealed to Peter Parker 13 years later, when he was the hero known as Spider-Man.

“Silk” would be a part of Sony’s universe of Marvel-licensed characters along with other Marvel Comics properties such as “Venom,” “Silver and Black,” “Nightwatch,” and “Morbius the Living Vampire.”

Spike Lee is eyeing “Nightwatch” as a possible directing vehicle, TheWrap has confirmed.

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In terms of other “Spider-Man” projects at the studio, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” opens on Dec. 14 and Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star as the Marvel villain Mysterio in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Sony had no comment.

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Sony is developing “Silk,” from Sony’s universe of Marvel-licensed characters about Korean-American heroine Cindy Moon, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Amy Pascal is producing.

“Silk” first appeared in April 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #1” and was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos.

According to the Marvel Wiki, when high school student Cindy Moon was attending a public exhibition demonstrating the safe handling of nuclear laboratory waste materials, sponsored by the General Techtronics Corporation, a spider irradiated by a particle accelerator used in the demonstration bit Peter Parker on the hand and fell from his hand. The spider then bit Cindy in her ankle before dying. Cindy’s story was revealed to Peter Parker 13 years later, when he was the hero known as Spider-Man.

“Silk” would be a part of Sony’s universe of Marvel-licensed characters along with other Marvel Comics properties such as “Venom,” “Silver and Black,” “Nightwatch,” and “Morbius the Living Vampire.”

Spike Lee is eyeing “Nightwatch” as a possible directing vehicle, TheWrap has confirmed.

In terms of other “Spider-Man” projects at the studio, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” opens on Dec. 14 and Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star as the Marvel villain Mysterio in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Sony had no comment.

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Sony & Amy Pascal Developing Marvel Comic ‘Silk’, About Korean-American Superhero

Sony and producer Amy Pascal are in early development on a movie adaptation of the Marvel comic Silk, about Korean-American superheroine Cindy Moon, which was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos.
In the comics, Cindy is a student in Peter Parker&#8…

Sony and producer Amy Pascal are in early development on a movie adaptation of the Marvel comic Silk, about Korean-American superheroine Cindy Moon, which was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. In the comics, Cindy is a student in Peter Parker’s class who also is bitten by a radioactive spider around the same time as Peter. She gains abilities similar to his, though she is able to shoot webs out of her fingertips, possesses an eidetic memory, and has advanced…

Pascal Pictures Picks Up Sci-Fi Thriller Pitch ‘Genus’ From Screenwriter Kat Wood

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EXCLUSIVE: Winning what was a competitive bidding situation, Amy Pascal via Pascal Pictures just nailed down a sci-fi pitch from screenwriter Kat Wood. This is the second project that Pascal has bought from Wood, following another sci-fi project, Envoy, that Pascal brought into her company last year. This latest pitch is entitled Genus, described as a thriller about a scientist who accidentally brings back a prehistoric form of human species. It’s set in modern day and…

Tom Hardy Appears in Full Venom Mode in Leaked Trailer Footage (Video)

An eight-second first look at Tom Hardy in full Venom mode leaked online Monday — hours before the full trailer for Sony’s upcoming Marvel movie “Venom” was due to be released.

Fans, who had criticized an earlier teaser of the movie that showed Hardy only as photographer Eddie Brock, welcomed the reveal of the character’s alter ego, the horrifying, sharp-fanged creature known as Venom.

“Well holy s—, Venom looks like Venom,” someone with the Twitter handle MisterBatfleck wrote in a caption attached to the leaked eight-second footage.

A rep for Sony declined to comment.

Also Read: ‘Venom’ Fans Enraged Over Teaser Trailer That Didn’t, Um, Show Venom

The film, which is not considered a spinoff of the Sony-based “Spider-Man” franchise even though the character originated in the Spider-Man universe for which Sony controls film rights, also stars Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson.

Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on a script by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”). Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal.

Hardy himself took to Instagram on Sunday to tease a new “Venom” trailer screening at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week.

After the first trailer dropped, “Venom” fans were enraged that the trailer didn’t actually show Venom.

Inbound CinemaCon new trailer Venom ????????????????????????????????

A post shared by Tom Hardy (@tomhardy) on

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“Ah, now eventually you DO plan to have Venom in your, in your VENOM movie, right? Hello?” wrote one fan, while another said, “How can you tease the movie without showing the character? GG Sony… You deserve to be sold at this point.”

Looks like Sony got the memo.

“Venom” is due in theaters October 5.

See the footage below.

Well holy shit, Venom looks like Venom. pic.twitter.com/rQh5bgmMn4

— MisterBatfleck (@Mister_BatfIeck) April 23, 2018

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An eight-second first look at Tom Hardy in full Venom mode leaked online Monday — hours before the full trailer for Sony’s upcoming Marvel movie “Venom” was due to be released.

Fans, who had criticized an earlier teaser of the movie that showed Hardy only as photographer Eddie Brock, welcomed the reveal of the character’s alter ego, the horrifying, sharp-fanged creature known as Venom.

“Well holy s—, Venom looks like Venom,” someone with the Twitter handle MisterBatfleck wrote in a caption attached to the leaked eight-second footage.

A rep for Sony declined to comment.

The film, which is not considered a spinoff of the Sony-based “Spider-Man” franchise even though the character originated in the Spider-Man universe for which Sony controls film rights, also stars Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson.

Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on a script by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”). Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal.

Hardy himself took to Instagram on Sunday to tease a new “Venom” trailer screening at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week.

After the first trailer dropped, “Venom” fans were enraged that the trailer didn’t actually show Venom.

Inbound CinemaCon new trailer Venom ????????????????????????????????

A post shared by Tom Hardy (@tomhardy) on

“Ah, now eventually you DO plan to have Venom in your, in your VENOM movie, right? Hello?” wrote one fan, while another said, “How can you tease the movie without showing the character? GG Sony… You deserve to be sold at this point.”

Looks like Sony got the memo.

“Venom” is due in theaters October 5.

See the footage below.

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Amy Pascal & Neal Moritz Land Liz Moore’s New Book ‘Long Bright River’

EXCLUSIVE: The prolific producing pair of Amy Pascal and Neal H. Moritz have teamed to acquire film rights to Long Bright River, the upcoming suspense novel from Liz Moore. The book just sold at auction to Penguin Random House imprint Riverhead Books f…

EXCLUSIVE: The prolific producing pair of Amy Pascal and Neal H. Moritz have teamed to acquire film rights to Long Bright River, the upcoming suspense novel from Liz Moore. The book just sold at auction to Penguin Random House imprint Riverhead Books for seven figures. Moore is also set to adapt the book, which is set in her native Philadelphia and revolves around two sisters — one, an addict who has gone missing and the other a police officer who must find her. The story…

Peter Bart: ‘Black Panther’s Triumph Sends Studios Scurrying To Find The Next Magic Formula

Hollywood’s focus always shifts magically at this time of year from the fresh to the familiar. The Shape of Water, quirky and innovative, already is yesterday’s news as the next Avengers prepares to battle Rampage for the first shot at summer franchise business.
It’s all about following the money: After all the Oscar hoopla, The Shape of Water managed in the end to gross $61 million and Call Me By Your Name $17.4 million, but the gold standard for the summer blockbuster…

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Amy Pascal on Sony Ouster: ‘I Should Have Gotten Fired Much Sooner’

Amid awards season recognition as a producer, Amy Pascal has admitted that her 2015 dismissal as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment was probably merited. Pascal made the remark Saturday at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills at the Producers Guild of America’s panel discussion featuring the nominees for its Darryl F. Zanuck Award. Pascal is […]

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Tom Hardy Is Eddie Brock in First Official ‘Venom’ Image (Photo)

Have you been dying to see Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in the upcoming film “Venom?” Well, the first official image from the movie is here!

In the image, obtained by IGN, Hardy is in full reporter mode. Images of Hardy post-transformation are being kept under wraps.

“Venom” is from Sony’s Marvel Universe of characters and will not be a “Spider-Man” spin-off. Venom is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel Universe and dates back to the 1980s when Spider-Man briefly adopted a black costume which later turned out to be a living alien being. Photographer Eddie Brock was able to merge with it and become the horrifying, sharp-fanged Venom. Brock was played by Topher Grace in “Spider-Man 3.”

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Throughout Marvel Comics history, “Venom” has appeared alongside “Spider-Man,” “Iron Man,” “Deadpool,” “Hulk” and many other Marvel Comics characters.

Hardy is starring in the film opposite Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed and Michelle Lee.

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Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on the script that will be written by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”). Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal.

“Venom” will be released on Oct. 5.

See the image below.

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Have you been dying to see Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in the upcoming film “Venom?” Well, the first official image from the movie is here!

In the image, obtained by IGN, Hardy is in full reporter mode. Images of Hardy post-transformation are being kept under wraps.

“Venom” is from Sony’s Marvel Universe of characters and will not be a “Spider-Man” spin-off. Venom is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel Universe and dates back to the 1980s when Spider-Man briefly adopted a black costume which later turned out to be a living alien being. Photographer Eddie Brock was able to merge with it and become the horrifying, sharp-fanged Venom. Brock was played by Topher Grace in “Spider-Man 3.”

Throughout Marvel Comics history, “Venom” has appeared alongside “Spider-Man,” “Iron Man,” “Deadpool,” “Hulk” and many other Marvel Comics characters.

Hardy is starring in the film opposite Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed and Michelle Lee.

Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on the script that will be written by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”). Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal.

“Venom” will be released on Oct. 5.

See the image below.

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‘The Post’ Producer Amy Pascal on What Happens in a World of ‘Women Not Speaking Up’

“The Post” is billed as a movie championing the power of the press, but it’s as much about how Katharine “Kay” Graham, a woman in a male-dominated publishing world in 1971, spoke up and made a difference.

“It was a story about a woman finding her voice,” producer Amy Pascal said in an interview with TheWrap’s CEO and Editor in Chief Sharon Waxman. “And in this woman finding her voice, the country found theirs. That really spoke to me, and I related to the idea of how hard it is to speak up.”

Pascal read screenwriter Liz Hannah’s script in October 2016, just before the presidential election — and bought it that day. But when Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump, everything changed.

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“1971, it’s not that different from 2017 in many ways,” Pascal said. “I think that the culture in our world that is created by women not speaking up about all sorts of things, not speaking up about what they feel, feeling dismissed and overlooked — leads to the kind of culture that we find ourselves in now.”

There’s a scene in “The Post” where Graham, played by Meryl Streep, is sitting in a board room full of men. She knows the answer to a question, but is intimidated to speak up. She whispers and demurs while a man chimes in with the answer and takes the credit.

As the head of Sony from 2006 to 2015, Pascal could relate to Graham’s fight to be heard. But that power and confidence shouldn’t be limited to women in positions of authority.

“It’s more than the voice that your job gives you,” she told Waxman. “It’s the way you conduct yourself all the time. It’s the way you are in meetings. It’s the way you stand up for yourself in all sorts of small ways. This issue speaks to everything.”

Also Read: Awards Box Office: ‘The Post’ Continues to Shine in Final Weekend of 2017

Producer Kristie Macosko Krieger said that when she and Steven Spielberg saw the script, they felt the need for a feel-good movie in 2017, one that could start a discussion between men and women, Republicans and Democrats alike.

“This movie is giving everyone a voice, Republicans, Democrats, to say — the truth matters,” Macosko Krieger said. “We care about the truth. We care about a free press. All of this matters to us. That makes me feel really hopeful for the future. And I haven’t felt hopeful for a long time.”

“I feel really hopeful too,” Pascal added. “I think there’s a sea of change that’s occurring. It’s always one step forward, two steps forward, three steps back. It’s slow, it doesn’t go in a straight line. But it sure feels to me like things are changing in a way I’ve never experienced before.”

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“The Post” is billed as a movie championing the power of the press, but it’s as much about how Katharine “Kay” Graham, a woman in a male-dominated publishing world in 1971, spoke up and made a difference.

“It was a story about a woman finding her voice,” producer Amy Pascal said in an interview with TheWrap’s CEO and Editor in Chief Sharon Waxman. “And in this woman finding her voice, the country found theirs. That really spoke to me, and I related to the idea of how hard it is to speak up.”

Pascal read screenwriter Liz Hannah’s script in October 2016, just before the presidential election — and bought it that day. But when Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump, everything changed.

“1971, it’s not that different from 2017 in many ways,” Pascal said. “I think that the culture in our world that is created by women not speaking up about all sorts of things, not speaking up about what they feel, feeling dismissed and overlooked — leads to the kind of culture that we find ourselves in now.”

There’s a scene in “The Post” where Graham, played by Meryl Streep, is sitting in a board room full of men. She knows the answer to a question, but is intimidated to speak up. She whispers and demurs while a man chimes in with the answer and takes the credit.

As the head of Sony from 2006 to 2015, Pascal could relate to Graham’s fight to be heard. But that power and confidence shouldn’t be limited to women in positions of authority.

“It’s more than the voice that your job gives you,” she told Waxman. “It’s the way you conduct yourself all the time. It’s the way you are in meetings. It’s the way you stand up for yourself in all sorts of small ways. This issue speaks to everything.”

Producer Kristie Macosko Krieger said that when she and Steven Spielberg saw the script, they felt the need for a feel-good movie in 2017, one that could start a discussion between men and women, Republicans and Democrats alike.

“This movie is giving everyone a voice, Republicans, Democrats, to say — the truth matters,” Macosko Krieger said. “We care about the truth. We care about a free press. All of this matters to us. That makes me feel really hopeful for the future. And I haven’t felt hopeful for a long time.”

“I feel really hopeful too,” Pascal added. “I think there’s a sea of change that’s occurring. It’s always one step forward, two steps forward, three steps back. It’s slow, it doesn’t go in a straight line. But it sure feels to me like things are changing in a way I’ve never experienced before.”

“The Post” starring Streep and Tom Hanks is currently in theaters.

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Time’s Up, the new initiative to combat sexual harassment and gender inequity in the workplace, launched just four days ago (Mon. Jan 1). By Friday’s AFI Awards lunch at the Four Seasons, one of the densest star-packed Hollywood events of the year, “The Post” screenwriter Liz Hannah was already sporting a t-shirt for the mission. Here, she poses with Amy Pascal, Greta Gerwig, and Stacey Snider.

Hannah told TheWrap that she picked up the shirt by making a donation at a fundraiser at the Peninsula Hotel. The location appears to be symbolic as much as much as it is convenient – across the street from the home of the Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton. For years, the Peninsula was the favored haunt of Harvey Weinstein.

Hannah’s fashion statement rang loudly in a room of Hollywood’s most accomplished artists of 2017. The AFI brought the creative ensembles of the top 10 films and TV shows together at the Four Seasons for this event. The crowd included Gerwig, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, and Reese Witherspoon….

Steven Spielberg, Holly Hunter, and Guillermo del Toro…

The masterminds behind “Game of Thrones” with Emilia Clarke…

And unlikely pairings of standout performers, like “The Big Sick’s” Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon making a Tom Hanks sandwich.

This is it, folks. The 200 people who entertained the entire world in 2017.  Every studio head, prestige network chief, filmmaker, showrunner, or star from the marquee productions was distilled to this luncheon.

Timothée Chalamet, you have arrived. In addition to his Globe-nominated performance in “Call Me By Your Name,” he also played in fellow honoree “Lady Bird.” He’s having the breakout year Jessica Chastain had in 2011 where he is suddenly everywhere.

Even Spielberg is on the Chalamet train. The famed director joked that they should pose for a two shot on the carpet on the way in.

Beyond Chalamet, co-lead Armie Hammer is nominated for a Globe. Michael Stuhlbarg plays Chalamet’s father in the film.

All of these heavyweights came together as the guest of AFI President/CEO Bob Gazzale (right).

Over the last 24 hours, young Brooklynn Prince has found a new friend in “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot.  Producer Zack Snyder joined the group shot.

Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” table anchored the right side of the room, near Jordan Peele and the “Get Out” crew.  Alessandra Mastronardi plays Francesca.

Sterling K. Brown, nominated for “This is Us” at the Globes, represented one of only two network shows to earn AFI honors. The other is “The Good Place,” also an NBC show.

Richard Jenkins, Guillermo del Toro, and Octavia Spencer at AFI.

everywhere.

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Time’s Up, the new initiative to combat sexual harassment and gender inequity in the workplace, launched just four days ago (Mon. Jan 1). By Friday’s AFI Awards lunch at the Four Seasons, one of the densest star-packed Hollywood events of the year, “The Post” screenwriter Liz Hannah was already sporting a t-shirt for the mission. Here, she poses with Amy Pascal, Greta Gerwig, and Stacey Snider.

Hannah told TheWrap that she picked up the shirt by making a donation at a fundraiser at the Peninsula Hotel. The location appears to be symbolic as much as much as it is convenient – across the street from the home of the Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton. For years, the Peninsula was the favored haunt of Harvey Weinstein.

Hannah’s fashion statement rang loudly in a room of Hollywood’s most accomplished artists of 2017. The AFI brought the creative ensembles of the top 10 films and TV shows together at the Four Seasons for this event. The crowd included Gerwig, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, and Reese Witherspoon….

Steven Spielberg, Holly Hunter, and Guillermo del Toro…

The masterminds behind “Game of Thrones” with Emilia Clarke…

And unlikely pairings of standout performers, like “The Big Sick’s” Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon making a Tom Hanks sandwich.

This is it, folks. The 200 people who entertained the entire world in 2017.  Every studio head, prestige network chief, filmmaker, showrunner, or star from the marquee productions was distilled to this luncheon.

Timothée Chalamet, you have arrived. In addition to his Globe-nominated performance in “Call Me By Your Name,” he also played in fellow honoree “Lady Bird.” He’s having the breakout year Jessica Chastain had in 2011 where he is suddenly everywhere.

Even Spielberg is on the Chalamet train. The famed director joked that they should pose for a two shot on the carpet on the way in.

Beyond Chalamet, co-lead Armie Hammer is nominated for a Globe. Michael Stuhlbarg plays Chalamet’s father in the film.

All of these heavyweights came together as the guest of AFI President/CEO Bob Gazzale (right).

Over the last 24 hours, young Brooklynn Prince has found a new friend in “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot.  Producer Zack Snyder joined the group shot.

Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” table anchored the right side of the room, near Jordan Peele and the “Get Out” crew.  Alessandra Mastronardi plays Francesca.

Sterling K. Brown, nominated for “This is Us” at the Globes, represented one of only two network shows to earn AFI honors. The other is “The Good Place,” also an NBC show.

Richard Jenkins, Guillermo del Toro, and Octavia Spencer at AFI.

everywhere.

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‘Get Out’ Star Lakeith Stanfield Joins Sony’s ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

“Get Out” breakout star Lakeith Stanfield has joined the cast of Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” TheWrap has learned.

Stanfield’s role is being kept under wraps. The film will commence production this month in Berlin and Stockholm, and will be released on Oct. 19, 2018.

Fede Alvarez (“Don’t Breathe”) is set to direct.

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The screenplay is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu, based on the global bestseller written by David Lagercrantz. Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon will join Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird in producing the franchise’s new film. David Beaubaire  is overseeing for the studio.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is the fourth installment of the “Millennium” series of crime novels featuring Lisbeth Salander. The original novels were written by Stieg Larsson, who died of a heart attack in November 2004, and this was the first book not to be written by him.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” will also be the first in the best-selling series to be produced into an English-language film in its initial adaptation. The previous books in the series have been adapted into Swedish-language films, and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was a remake of the Swedish film. Starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, it became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, taking in over $230 million worldwide.

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Stanfield has been on a roll with a series of high-profile supporting turns — from playing Snoop Dog in “Straight Outta Compton” to civil rights martyr Jimmie Lee Jackson in “Selma,” and Logan King in Jordan Peele’s monster horror hit “Get Out.”

He is repped by CAA and Colin Stark at Stark Management.

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“Get Out” breakout star Lakeith Stanfield has joined the cast of Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” TheWrap has learned.

Stanfield’s role is being kept under wraps. The film will commence production this month in Berlin and Stockholm, and will be released on Oct. 19, 2018.

Fede Alvarez (“Don’t Breathe”) is set to direct.

The screenplay is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu, based on the global bestseller written by David Lagercrantz. Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon will join Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird in producing the franchise’s new film. David Beaubaire  is overseeing for the studio.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is the fourth installment of the “Millennium” series of crime novels featuring Lisbeth Salander. The original novels were written by Stieg Larsson, who died of a heart attack in November 2004, and this was the first book not to be written by him.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” will also be the first in the best-selling series to be produced into an English-language film in its initial adaptation. The previous books in the series have been adapted into Swedish-language films, and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was a remake of the Swedish film. Starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, it became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, taking in over $230 million worldwide.

Stanfield has been on a roll with a series of high-profile supporting turns — from playing Snoop Dog in “Straight Outta Compton” to civil rights martyr Jimmie Lee Jackson in “Selma,” and Logan King in Jordan Peele’s monster horror hit “Get Out.”

He is repped by CAA and Colin Stark at Stark Management.

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Woody Harrelson in Talks to Join Sony’s ‘Venom’

Woody Harrelson is in talks to join Tom Hardy in Sony’s Marvel superhero movie “Venom,” TheWrap has learned.

Harrelson’s role remains under wraps. The actor, last seen playing the villain in last summer’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” just recently wrapped a role in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” playing Han Solo’s mentor.

Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on the script that is written by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”).

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal. Harrelson has a strong relationship with Fleischer and has previously worked with the director on his break out hit “Zombieland.” Sony declined to comment on the casting news.

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“Venom” is from Sony’s Marvel Universe of characters and will not be a “Spider-Man” spinoff.

Venom is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel Universe and dates back to the 1980s when Spider-Man briefly adopted a black costume which later turned out to be a living alien being.

Photographer Eddie Brock was able to merge with it and become the horrifying, sharp-fanged Venom. Brock was played by Topher Grace in “Spider-Man 3.”

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Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, Venom has appeared alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man, Deadpool, the Hulk and many other Marvel Comics characters — though the film rights to most of those characters (aside from Spider-Man) are tied up with other non-Sony studios.

Harrelson is represented by CAA.

“Venom” will be released on October 5, 2018.

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Woody Harrelson is in talks to join Tom Hardy in Sony’s Marvel superhero movie “Venom,” TheWrap has learned.

Harrelson’s role remains under wraps. The actor, last seen playing the villain in last summer’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” just recently wrapped a role in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” playing Han Solo’s mentor.

Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on the script that is written by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”).

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal. Harrelson has a strong relationship with Fleischer and has previously worked with the director on his break out hit “Zombieland.” Sony declined to comment on the casting news.

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“Venom” is from Sony’s Marvel Universe of characters and will not be a “Spider-Man” spinoff.

Venom is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel Universe and dates back to the 1980s when Spider-Man briefly adopted a black costume which later turned out to be a living alien being.

Photographer Eddie Brock was able to merge with it and become the horrifying, sharp-fanged Venom. Brock was played by Topher Grace in “Spider-Man 3.”

Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, Venom has appeared alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man, Deadpool, the Hulk and many other Marvel Comics characters — though the film rights to most of those characters (aside from Spider-Man) are tied up with other non-Sony studios.

Harrelson is represented by CAA.

“Venom” will be released on October 5, 2018.

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Amazon Developing ‘Mercury 13’ Mini Produced By Brad Whitford & Amy Pascal

Amazon has put into development Mercury 13, based on Martha Ackmann’s book The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight, as an event miniseries, I have learned. The project hails from Bradley Whitford, Amy Pascal‘s Pascal Pictures and Tim and Trevor White’s Star Thrower Entertainment.
Written by Liz Hannah (The Post), who also will serve as showrunner, Mercury 13 is set in 1961. Just as NASA launched its first man into space, a…

Amazon has put into development Mercury 13, based on Martha Ackmann's book The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight, as an event miniseries, I have learned. The project hails from Bradley Whitford, Amy Pascal's Pascal Pictures and Tim and Trevor White's Star Thrower Entertainment. Written by Liz Hannah (The Post), who also will serve as showrunner, Mercury 13 is set in 1961. Just as NASA launched its first man into space, a…

Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Trailer: Watch Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks Speak Truth to Power (Video)

It’s here.

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” has finally unfolded itself, as 20th Century Fox dropped a full trailer for the Pentagon Papers drama starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks Tuesday night.

Not only an eerily timely telling of conspiracy, misdirection and a struggle to speak truth to power, “The Post” has been a huge question mark over this year’s awards race.

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Streep stars as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, the first woman to publish a major American newspaper. Hanks plays editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), and the pair race to uncover a web of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents.

This is the first time Streep and Hanks have appeared together in a film with director Spielberg, who is also a producer with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Kriege. The script was written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer.

The ensemble cast includes Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.

“The Post” opens in select theaters Dec. 22 and nationwide January 12, 2018.

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It’s here.

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” has finally unfolded itself, as 20th Century Fox dropped a full trailer for the Pentagon Papers drama starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks Tuesday night.

Not only an eerily timely telling of conspiracy, misdirection and a struggle to speak truth to power, “The Post” has been a huge question mark over this year’s awards race.

Streep stars as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, the first woman to publish a major American newspaper. Hanks plays editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), and the pair race to uncover a web of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents.

This is the first time Streep and Hanks have appeared together in a film with director Spielberg, who is also a producer with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Kriege. The script was written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer.

The ensemble cast includes Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.

“The Post” opens in select theaters Dec. 22 and nationwide January 12, 2018.

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Lit Agent David Boxerbaum to Join Verve Agency

Top Paradigm literary agent David Boxerbaum is leaving the company for a position at Verve Talent and Literary Agency, Verve announced Thursday.

Boxerbaum joined Paradigm in January 2012 following a stint at APA Agency. He also previously worked at William Morris, Metropolitan and Endeavor after he started his career working for producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Boxerbaum is known for his expertise in the spec script market. He brings with him a notable roster of directors, writers and producers.

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In a joint statement, the partnership said, “We are thrilled to be working with David and for the founders that means a reunion. David embodies the principles that this company was founded upon, hard work, passion for the business, strategic thinking and a willingness to go through hell and back on behalf of the clients. We think he’s cool.”

Boxerbaum added, “Verve has a tremendous reputation for its quality and first-class representation. I am thrilled to be joining such a disruptive and forward-thinking agency.”

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Boxerbaum is credited with packages like writer-actor Ken Marino’s screenplay for “Wanderlust,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, as well as David Guggenheim’s “Safe House” with Denzel Washington.

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Top Paradigm literary agent David Boxerbaum is leaving the company for a position at Verve Talent and Literary Agency, Verve announced Thursday.

Boxerbaum joined Paradigm in January 2012 following a stint at APA Agency. He also previously worked at William Morris, Metropolitan and Endeavor after he started his career working for producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Boxerbaum is known for his expertise in the spec script market. He brings with him a notable roster of directors, writers and producers.

In a joint statement, the partnership said, “We are thrilled to be working with David and for the founders that means a reunion. David embodies the principles that this company was founded upon, hard work, passion for the business, strategic thinking and a willingness to go through hell and back on behalf of the clients. We think he’s cool.”

Boxerbaum added, “Verve has a tremendous reputation for its quality and first-class representation. I am thrilled to be joining such a disruptive and forward-thinking agency.”

Boxerbaum is credited with packages like writer-actor Ken Marino’s screenplay for “Wanderlust,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, as well as David Guggenheim’s “Safe House” with Denzel Washington.

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Jenny Slate in Talks to Join Tom Hardy in Sony’s ‘Venom’

Jenny Slate is in talks to join Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed in Sony’s “Venom” movie, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on the script that will be written by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”). Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal.

“Venom” is from Sony’s Marvel Universe of characters and will not be a “Spider-Man” spinoff. Venom is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel Universe and dates back to the 1980s when Spider-Man briefly adopted a black costume which later turned out to be a living alien being. Photographer Eddie Brock was able to merge with it and become the horrifying, sharp-fanged Venom. Brock was played by Topher Grace in “Spider-Man 3.”

Also Read: Michelle Williams in Talks to Join ‘Spider-Man’ Villain Movie ‘Venom’

Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, “Venom” has appeared alongside “Spider-Man,” “Iron Man,” “Deadpool,” “Hulk” and many other Marvel Comics characters.

Slate most recently did voice work for “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Zootopia,” “The LEGO Batman Movie” and “Despicable Me 3.” She also stars in “Landline” and “The Polka King.”

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Her next projects include “Hotel Artemis” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2.” She is represented by WME and ID PR.

“Venom” will be released on Oct. 5, 2018.

Sony did not comment on the casting. Variety first reported the news.

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Jenny Slate is in talks to join Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed in Sony’s “Venom” movie, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on the script that will be written by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”). Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal.

“Venom” is from Sony’s Marvel Universe of characters and will not be a “Spider-Man” spinoff. Venom is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel Universe and dates back to the 1980s when Spider-Man briefly adopted a black costume which later turned out to be a living alien being. Photographer Eddie Brock was able to merge with it and become the horrifying, sharp-fanged Venom. Brock was played by Topher Grace in “Spider-Man 3.”

Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, “Venom” has appeared alongside “Spider-Man,” “Iron Man,” “Deadpool,” “Hulk” and many other Marvel Comics characters.

Slate most recently did voice work for “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Zootopia,” “The LEGO Batman Movie” and “Despicable Me 3.” She also stars in “Landline” and “The Polka King.”

Her next projects include “Hotel Artemis” and “The Secret Life of Pets 2.” She is represented by WME and ID PR.

“Venom” will be released on Oct. 5, 2018.

Sony did not comment on the casting. Variety first reported the news.

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