Amazon officially moving forward with multiple live-action shows based on the Sony-controlled Marvel characters, Variety has learned.
The first series under the agreement will be “Silk: Spider Society”, which was developed by the showrunner of “The Walking Dead” Angela Kang along with “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Kang will serve as executive producer and executive producer on “Silk” as part of a new multi-year general television deal she signed with Amazon. Kang, Lord and Miller are executive producers along with former Sony boss Amy Pascal. Sony Pictures Television is the studio, with Lord and Miller currently under an umbrella agreement there.
“Silk: Spider Society” will premiere nationally on MGM+’s linear channel (nee Epix), followed by a worldwide release on Prime Video. The show is based on characters created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos for Marvel Comics. It follows Cindy Moon, described as “a Korean-American woman bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker, as she escapes imprisonment and searches for her missing family on her way to becoming the superhero known as Silk.” .
“Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Sony’s recent live-action and animated reimagining of the Spider-Man franchise has represented some of the most dynamic superhero storytelling in cinema,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. . “Along with the creative vision of Angela Kang, we couldn’t be more pleased to bring ‘Silk: Spider Society’ to our MGM+ and Prime Video customers.”
The “Silk” series and the other shows based on Marvel characters controlled by Sony were originally reported as in the works in September 2020. At the time, Lauren Moon was writing “Silk”, while in 2021 Tom Spezialy was reported to have joined the series as showrunner as part of his own overall deal with Amazon.
“We can’t wait to bring the adventures of Cindy Moon to life, thanks to the creative dream team of Chris and Phil, Angela and Amy, along with our partners at Marvel and Amazon,” said Katherine Pope, President of Sony Pictures Television. Studies. “We know this exciting series with new and never-before-seen characters and stories will wow audiences who see it first on linear MGM+ and then around the world on Prime Video.”
“Angela is a professional whose perspective and creativity we greatly respect and admire,” Lord and Miller added. “She is also very funny. She loves these characters and we feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work with her to bring Cindy Moon’s story to the world.”
Kang is best known for her work on “The Walking Dead.” She became a writer for the show in 2011 and a co-executive producer in 2013. She was promoted to executive producer and showrunner in 2018, beginning with the ninth season of the hit AMC series. “The Walking Dead” will air its series finale on November 20, with Kang also co-creating a spin-off focused on the character of Norman Reedus, Daryl Dixon. He launched his own production company, Kang & Co Entertainment, in 2020.
She is represented by UTA, Literate and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole LLP.
“I am beyond excited to join the Amazon Studios family for this next chapter of my career,” said Kang. “I look forward to working with the executive team on various advanced character water cooler shows for a global audience and am very excited to dive into my first challenge: bringing the Korean-American superhero Silk to life on screen.”
It is unknown at this time which other Marvel characters will appear in the Amazon shows, although Sony currently controls over 900 characters associated with the Spider-Man franchise.
Sony has released several live-action Spider-Man movies in the past and is currently working with Marvel Studios on the rebooted film franchise starring Tom Holland via Columbia Pictures. Sony is also behind “Into the Spider-Verse,” which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2019. Two sequels to that film are currently in the works, with the first: “Spider-Man: Across the Spider -See yourself”. – which will be released in theaters in June 2023.
To date, Sony has also released the live-action movies “Venom” and its sequel “Let There Be Carnage,” starring Tom Hardy, as well as “Morbius,” starring Jared Leto. A third “Venom” movie is currently in development, while Sony is also working on movie versions of characters like “Kraven the Hunter” starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson Y “Madame Web” starring Dakota Johnsonamong several others.