Phil Lord, Chris Miller developing Marvel TV universe at Sony
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be developing a Marvel TV universe at Sony Pictures TV following a huge nine-figure five-year deal with the studio. Lord and Miller have moved their overall deal from 20th Century Fox following a competitive bidding war between multiple outlets.
Lord and Miller previously worked with Sony Entertainment on projects such as Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, and the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The new deal with Sony will allow Lord and Miller to create and develop comedy and drama projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming. The duo will also supervise projects from other writers, on top of developing television series based on Sony’s Marvel characters.
“We are so grateful to everyone at Sony Pictures Television for choosing to partner with us and expand our enduring relationship with the studio,” Lord and Miller said in a joint statement. “Together we aim to make groundbreaking work of the highest quality and integrity, and to place that work in convenient proximity to your eyeballs and earholes, wherever you may be.”
Sony’s universe of Marvel characters includes Spider-Man and his foes, Venom, Morbius, Black Cat, Silver Sable, and the characters of Into the Spider-Verse. Television projects related to these characters will be produced in partnership with Amy Pascal, former Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman.
“This is a significant milestone for our television business, having the opportunity to work with two of the most creative forces in the industry in both our film and television businesses. Building on our strong IP and creating new franchises has been a key focus for SPE, and the best way to do that is to invest in remarkable storytellers like Phil and Chris. We are thrilled to welcome them to the SPT family, and I want to thank [SPT co-presidents] Jeff [Frost], Chris [Parnell] and Jason [Clodfelter] for all their hard work in pulling this deal together,” Sony Pictures TV chairman Mike Hopkins said.
All of Lord and Miller’s TV projects will be produced through their Lord Miller Productions banner with Aubrey Lee overseeing.