Sony Pictures Animation is betting big with ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ and we’ve just learned from Liev Schreiber (‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’,’The Last Days on Mars’) a few details about the movie. For starters, the movie will have an anamorphic widescreen release which is how they’re capturing the unique style of the film. This is a piece of information that he may have mistakingly revealed before Sony was ready to say the word as it is our first time hearing it!
Liev joined the film as a voice actor because:
“It was actually the animation team. The guys who are working on it, I saw their work and said, “Wow! These guys are special.” And it is. It’s going to be pretty special, from what I’ve seen so far. And I haven’t seen much, but it’s pretty special. They’re super-talented. And just working with them in the brief time that we did on my stuff, I’ve been in a bunch of these different situations, and these guys have their ducks in a row. And they’re collaborative. They know what they want, and they’re clear, they’ve got all their sequences and their animatics, but you come up at them with a creative idea, and they shift, they do it nimbly and with great execution.”
While that statement doesn’t do much outside of hype the look of the movie, it does hint that Schreiber might not have a significant part as he did say “the brief time that we did on my stuff.” I’m thinking as a secondary character maybe something along the lines of J. Jonah Jameson who would be great for a couple of cameos but not front and center as this isn’t a Peter Parker-centric film.
The main takeaway though is when he talks about the look of the movie in detail:
“Yeah! That’s what I love about it. But it also is anamorphic … ooo I don’t know if I should have said that. [laughs] If you know something about film, that’s an amazing thing for an animated film to do that well. Anamorphic is the stretched-out format, and it really is a much broader, bigger canvas, which is unusual for animation because you’re generally trying to focus the action. These guys have decided to go anamorphic with it, and it’s stunning. If you’ve seen that trailer, you already get a sense of what it is.”
That trailer blew us all away, and this helps cement why. The depth portrayed in this style is spectacular and has become a standard but isn’t something you always see in animation.
Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ when it is released for this Christmas season? Who do you think Liev Schreiber will be voicing in the film? Share your thoughts below True Believers!
‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ is due to swing into theaters on December 14th, 2018!