Last summer, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 began production with Joaquim Dos Santos in the director’s chair. However, there have been some changes behind-the-scenes. Via Variety, Dos Santos will now be joined by co-directors Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson. This move didn’t come out of thin air, as both Powers and Thompson have been collaborating with Dos Santos “from the start.”
The new directing team also released a new joint statement: “The crew behind the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse set such a ridiculously high bar, and we’re humbled to take on the challenge of charting the next chapter in the story of Miles Morales.”
“We are so lucky to have Joaquim, Justin and Kemp on the ‘Spider-Verse’ team,” added executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. “We are huge fans of Joaquim’s work — he makes his characters so heartfelt and unique, and he can tell an emotional story with an action sequence the way a musical does through a song. Justin is a maverick filmmaker who relentlessly pursues visual innovation and surprise but always in support of the emotional storytelling. Kemp’s work is incisive and ambitious and funny — with a writer’s wisdom and a director’s heart — he just knows what matters in every scene. All three of them elevate every project they take on, and they are certainly raising our game. We honestly just like them and want to be their friends and we’re hoping working on this movie together for the next few years will totally make that happen.”
Dos Santos’s previously worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Justice League Unlimited, and Voltron: Legendary Defender. Thompson won an Annie Award for his production design on the first Spider-Verse film. He has also worked on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and its sequel.
Powers wrote the screenplay for One Night in Miami, and is currently an Oscar nominee for that flick. Additionally, Powers is the co-director of Pixar’s Soul. He has also written for the first season of Star Trek: Discovery.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 will hit theaters on October 7, 2022.
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