A new rumor suggests that Sony may be planning a Nightwatch film directed by none other than Spike Lee.
The rumor hails from the Tracking Board’s Jeff Sneider who revealed on the latest episode of Meet the Movie Press that Sony is looking to develop a standalone Nightwatch film. Edward Ricourt (Now You See Me, Jessica Jones) is reportedly already at work on a screenplay for the project, with Sony said to have its eye on Do The Right Thing’s Spike Lee to direct the project. While Sneider felt confident about the project being in development, he wasn’t able to confirm the rumor concerning Lee’s potential involvement.
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Should the project receive the greenlight, this would make for the studio’s third film as part of their forthcoming Marvel Universe, following the Tom Hardy-led Venom and the Gina Prince-Bythewood-directed Silver and Black, starring Silver Sable and Black Cat.
The news of a potential Nightwatch film shouldn’t be entirely surprising, as it was previously rumored that the character was set to make his live-action debut in Spider-Man: Homecoming. At the time, it was said that Sony employees were “feverishly” researching the character with the thought being the character would be making his cinematic debut.
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Nightwatch first appeared in Web of Spider-Man #99, published in April 1993, and was created by Terry Kavanagh, Derek Yaniger and Alex Saviuk. The character, who’s real name is Doctor Kevin Trench, has a bit of an odd origin as after witnessing a costumed man die in battle, he ended up unmasking the the corpse to find that it was an older version of himself. He escaped with the suit, and after initially resisting the call to become Nightwatch, fearing that by putting on the suit he would be unable to prevent his future death, Trench eventually gives in and becomes the superhero Nightwatch.