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Spike Lee is eyeing Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff “Nightwatch” as a directing vehicle, TheWrap has confirmed.
“Nightwatch” would be a part of Sony’s “Spider-Man” universe along with other Marvel Comics properties such as “Venom,” “Silver and Black,” and “Morbius the Living Vampire.”
Insiders caution that Spike Lee’s potential involvement is in the very early stages, but that he could potentially direct the superhero film written by “Luke Cage” showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker.
“Nightwatch” centers on African-American scientist Dr. Kevin Trench, a man who witnessed a costumed man die battling some terrorists armed with invisibility-generating cloaking devices.
The kicker is that Trench unmasked the corpse to learn that it was an older version of himself. The character was first introduced in 1993’s “Web of Spider-Man No. 97,” and even has his own short lived, self-titled series.
Sony Executive Vice President Palak Patel is supervising the “Nightwatch” development along with the rest of the “Spider-Man” universe properties.
Lee is repped by ICM. Coker is repped by CAA.
Fan site That Hashtag Show first reported the news.
Sony declined to comment.