Spike Lee is reportedly set to direct the Spider-Man spinoff movie Nightwatch for Sony, based on a script that Cheo Hodari Coker is writing. The rumor that Sony was looking at Lee to helm a Nightwatch solo film first started making the rounds last September. That also marked the first time that there was any serious discussion about a Nighwatch movie happening in the first place.
Sony is currently developing a proper slate of movies based on antiheroes and/or supporting characters from the Spider-Man comic books. The Tom Hardy-headlined Venom will be the first out of the gate this fall, and already has a teaser trailer to prove it. Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up film Silver & Black is the only other Spider-Man spinoff besides Venom that has an official release date at the moment. Now, just a few weeks after reports emerged claiming that Silver & Black‘s production has been indefinitely delayed (but not canceled), it seems that Nightwatch is picking up speed on its way down the pipeline.
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That Hashtag Show is reporting that Lee has been formally attached to direct Nightwatch from a screenplay by Coker, rather than the project’s previously-reported screenwriter Edward Ricourt (Now You See Me). The site further reports that Sony Executive Vice President Palak Patel is overseeing the film’s development, but does not specify if Coker is drawing from the earlier script draft penned by Ricourt or starting afresh with his own screenplay.