Sony Pictures has confirmed that Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the co-directors of the extremely popular film ‘The Lego Movie,’ will be directing a new Spider-Man animated feature-film for the studio. The directors were also behind the hit-films ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ and 21 and 22 Jump Street.

News of the animated Spidey-film was announced today at CinemaCon by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.

Lord & Miller are masterminding the project, writing the treatment and producing the film. As previously announced, Spider-Man will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. That is probably one of the most highly-anticipated Spider-Man films on the horizon, but introducing Spider-Man as an animated film might help Sony introduce the famous web-swinger to a younger audience, and help the character standout in the overpopulated Super-Hero market.

Following Spider-Man’s appearance in a Marvel film, Sony Pictures will release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, set to release on July 28, 2017. Sony’s film will be a live-action project, produced by Kevin Feige at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. The animated film from Lord & Miller, dated July 20, 2018, has Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Pascal also serving as producers.

Spider-Man is a very important franchise to Sony Pictures. Not only is Spider-Man recognized all over the world, but the web-slinger is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures. The studio has created five films, having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.

In the past Marvel has had to leave Spider-Man out of its popular films, since Sony owns the film rights to the superhero, but the recent deal with Marvel will have Spider-Man joining his famous friends through a one-time lease. If the project proves profitable for both Marvel and Sony Pictures, we might get to see Spider-Man in a few more Marvel-friendly films down the road.