Spider-Man; Animated Feature in 2018

Sony will make a new animated film for the Marvel superhero, helmed by “The Lego Movie” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, bowing July 20, 2018.

Lord and Miller, the filmmaking duo behind “22 Jump Street” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” will write the treatment and produce the Spider-Man movie.

Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman made the disclosure at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Rothman said the film will “co-exist” with the live-action Spiderman universe, but the press release clarifies: “The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.”

Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are on board to produce the picture.

Rothman did not, however, reveal any news on the live-action “Spider-Man” from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe that will debut on July 28, 2017.  Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Sony’s Pascal will produce that movie, which will feature Peter Parker’s iteration of the web-slinger.

Stolen emails from Sony Pictures revealed that the studio previously failed to recruit Lord and Miller to take over its animation division last summer.  Pascal and studio topper Michael Lynton were looking to “turn the studio around,” trying to court Lord and Miller to head a Pixar-style “brain trust” of filmmakers. The two met with Pascal last summer to discuss what that brain trust might look like. Lord, however, wrote in an email that “it’s too hard to do great work there” in regards to the Sony job.

Spider Man will make his next appearance in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” which bows May 6, 2016.