Spike Lee Developing Nightwatch Movie As Spider-Man Spin-Off
The Marvel hero might get a film adaptation!
Nightwatch Film In Development!
Sony Pictures is firming up its own plans for their Marvel Comics properties including Venom with Tom Hardy in the lead role and Gina Prince-Bythewood's Silver & Black, based on the Silver Sable and Black Cat comics. Now, however, Sony is aiming incredibly high as That Hashtag Show broke the news that none other than Spike Lee is circling the director’s chair on a Nightwatch movie, with THR confirming. Sony’s Marvel properties are all connected to Spider-Man, as that’s the main character and IP that Sony still owns, and Nightwatch first appeared in a 1993 issue of Web of Spider-Man. The character is otherwise known as Doctor Kevin Trench, a man who witnessed a costumed crusader die battling terrorists, only to unmask the corpse to learn that it was an older version of himself.
Lee’s involvement in a Nightwatch movie is incredibly early so there’s no guarantee this deal actually goes through, but if he does sign on to direct he’d be working from a script by Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. It’s unclear how long Sony has been developing a Nightwatch movie but no doubt the insane box office success of Black Panther gave this project a hefty bump since it stars an African-American scientist hero. The Marvel Studios film proved that audiences will not only show up to watch a blockbuster superhero movie with a black cast, but the film can become a bona fide phenomenon and further more diverse representation on the big screen. Lee is a legendary filmmaker in his own right, who burst onto the scene with ambitious films like Do the Right Thing and She’s Gotta Have It. He’s currently in the midst of filming the feature Black Klansman with Corey Hawkins and Adam Driver. The mere prospect of Spike Lee making an African-American superhero movie is exciting, and it’ll be interesting to see how Nightwatch shapes up going forward.