‘Spider-Man’ Spin-Off ‘Sinister Six’ Names Drew Goddard Director

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The “Cabin in the Woods” director was already writing the script for Sony’s tale of Spidey’s villains

Drew Goddard is closing a deal to direct “Sinister Six,” the “Spider-Man” spin-off that he is writing for Sony Pictures.

Sony hired the co-writer and director of “The Cabin in the Woods” to write a script about the villains in Spidey’s world last December when the studio announced the project.

At the same time, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon were named as the writing team on another “Spider-Man” spin-off, “Venom,” which Kurtzman will direct.

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Goddard was at that time seen as having a shot at directing the film, and on Monday sources close to the project confirmed that he is the choice. His deal is not closed, however.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, opens May 2. “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ is scheduled for June 2016, with the fourth film in the franchise is due in May 2018.

Goddard, Orci, Kurtzman and Solomon will work with “Spider-Man” producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach — and “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ director Marc Webb — to create and coordinate a pantheon of superheroes and villains that Sony hopes will populate the franchise with spin-off films for years.