Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson have been officially announced as the filmmakers for the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel.
The original film was helmed by Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, and Bob Persichetti who did a stellar job and made the animated film an instant hit. Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also working on the script for the film with David Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings). Peter Ramsey, will return to executive produce.
The new directing team said in a 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.”
Dos Santos previously worked on projects such as The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Justice League Unlimited, and Teen Titans. Thompson worked as the production designer for the first Spider-Verse movie, and he was also the production designer on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
Lord and Miller said in a statement,
“We are so lucky to have Joaquim, Justin, and Kemp on the ‘Spider-Verse’ team. 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.”
The sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is scheduled to open in theaters on October 7, 2022.