Though Lee's connection to the film first surfaced late last summer, when it was rumored that Columbia Pictures had begun work on a screenplay for a Nightwatch movie, Coker's involvement is a new development.
Sony has yet to officially announce anything, so for now this one walks the tightrope between rumour and reality, but who doesn't want to see Spike Lee bring his particular cinematic voice to the world of costumed heroes? The Hollywood Reporter later confirmed that report, though it described Lee as "circling" the project rather than fully committed to it. Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker is reportedly scripting the film, which will be set in Sony Pictures' budding shared universe of supporting Spider-Man characters that already includes the upcoming Venom and Silver and Black films, as well as a developing Morbius, The Living Vampire project. The entertainment site That Hashtag Show first reported the news.
Sony may be moving forward with its plans to bring the obscure comic book character Nightwatch to film. Likewise, the man Trench saw die isn't some random John Doe: it's an older version of himself, dressed in the Nightwatch costume. Patel is also overseeing Tom Hardy's "Venom", due out on October 5; "Silver & Black", set for February 8, 2019; and "Spider-Man: Homecoming 2", slated for July 5, 2019. After a run-in with his future self, African-American doctor, Kevin Trench steals a high-tech suit and dons the guise of Nightwatch. Nightwatch is part of Sony's mostly untapped roster of Spider-Man characters - Sony controls the rights to the Spidey-verse, and for a while they were considering launching an entire cinematic universe revolving around various Spider-Man characters.
Yes, according to THR, Lee is very close to signing on to direct Nightwatch, based on the Spider-Man character of the same name.
Lee is the executive producer of the Netflix series "She's Gotta Have It".
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