Could a superhero joint be Spike Lee's next project?
The director is on Sony's radar for "Nightwatch," a spinoff of "Spider-Man," according to a report by The Hashtag Show. "Luke Cage" showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker developed the script, which follows an African-American scientist named Dr. Kevin Trench who turns superhero.
Nightwatch was first introduced in Marvel comics in 1993. Dr. Trench discovers a dead body wearing a supersuit, only to realize it's a future version of himself. The suit boosts his strength and endurance, responds to his thoughts, and repairs itself.
Lee has been one of Hollywood's most prominent black filmmakers since his debut with 1986's "She's Gotta Have It," which he recently adapted that movie into a Netflix series. Now, he's working on "Black Klansman," based on a true story of an African-American detective who infiltrates the KKK.
Sony has been developing a slew of "Spider-Man" offshoots. "Venom," starring Tom Hardy, hits theaters this fall, while Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Silver & Black" is set for next February. "Nightwatch" hasn't been talked about much as a title, but perhaps the boffo success of "Black Panther" accelerated Sony's desire for a black superhero movie.