Amazon Orders Multiple Marvel-Sony Shows, Starting With ‘Silk’ | Popgen Tech
Amazon is officially moving forward with multiple live-action shows based on Sony-controlled Marvel characters, Different was learned.
The first series under the deal is “Silk: Spider Society,” developed by “The Walking Dead” showrunner Angela Kang with “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” producer Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Kang will serve as showrunner and executive producer on “Silk” as part of a new multi-year overall television deal he signed with Amazon. Kang, Lord, and Miller all executive produce alongside former Sony boss Amy Pascal. Sony Pictures Television is the studio, with Lord and Miller currently under an overall deal there.
“Silk: Spider Society” will debut domestically on linear channel MGM+ (nee Epix) followed by a global launch 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 he escapes prison and searches for his missing family on his 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 represent some of the most dynamic superhero storytelling on film,” said Jennifer Salke , head of Amazon Studios. “With Angela Kang’s creative vision, we couldn’t be happier to bring ‘Silk: Spider Society’ to our MGM+ and Prime Video customers.”
The “Silk” series and other shows based on Sony-controlled Marvel characters were originally reported to be in the works in September 2020. At the time, Lauren Moon was writing “Silk,” while it was reported in 2021 that Tom Spezialy joined the series as showrunner as part of his own overall deal with Amazon.
“We can’t wait to bring Cindy Moon’s adventures 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 Studios. . “We know this exciting series with new and never-before-seen characters and storylines will wow viewers first on linear MGM+ and then globally on Prime Video.”
“Angela is a pro’s pro whose vision and creativity we deeply respect and admire,” added Lord and Miller. “He was also very happy. She loves these characters and we feel really lucky for the opportunity to work with her to bring Cindy Moon’s story to the world.”
Kang is best known for his work on “The Walking Dead.” He became a writer on the show in 2011 and co-executive producer in 2013. He was promoted to executive producer and showrunner in 2018 starting with the ninth season of the hit AMC series. “The Walking Dead” will air its series finale on Nov. 20, with Kang also producing a spinoff centered on Norman Reedus’ character, Daryl Dixon. He launched his own production company, Kang & Co Entertainment, in 2020. Jason Sax, former consulting producer on “The Walking Dead,” serves as the company’s executive vice president of development. Kang & Co’s current development slate includes a series adaptation of the novel “Black Sun” written by author Rebecaa Roanhorse, as well as an adaptation of the sci-fi novel “The Postmortal” by Drew Magary .
Kang is repped by UTA, Literate, and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole LLP.
“I am very excited to be joining the Amazon Studios family for the next chapter of my career,” said Kang. “I look forward to working with the executive team on a diverse, character-forward, watercooler show for a global audience and I’m excited to take on my first challenge—bringing the Korean-American superhero Silk to life on screen.”
It is not known at this time which Marvel characters will be featured in the Amazon shows, although Sony currently controls more than 900 such characters related to the Spider-Man franchise.
Sony has released multiple Spider-Man live-action films in the past and is currently working with Marvel Studios on a rebooted film franchise starring Tom Holland through Columbia Pictures. Sony is also behind “Into the Spider-Verse,” which won the Academy Award for best animated film in 2019. Two sequels to that film are currently in development, including the first — “Spider-Man: Across the Spider -Verse” — will hit theaters in June 2023.
So far, Sony has also released the live-action films “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 film versions of characters such as “Kraven the Hunter” starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and “Madame Web” starring Dakota Johnson, among others.