Liev Schreiber: Into the Spider-Verse is ‘Going to Be Pretty Special’
Liev Schreiber hypes fans up about Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, sharing that the film will blow viewers’ minds, especially in terms of its graphics and animation quality.
Produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, story details for the film are still thin right now. Based on what we got from the Into the Spider-Verse teaser trailer, Sony is diving in a reality where multiple Spider-Men exist – but Mile Morales’ (Shameik Moore) is the main character of the film. He travels through several alternate realities and meets up with other incarnations of the web-slinging superhero. While we’re still unsure what Schreiber’s part in all this would be, he’s confirmed to voice one of the film’s characters.
During a roundtable conversation while promoting his latest film, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, Schreiber talked to Collider about another animated flick that he’s a part of – Into The Spider-Verse – due by the end of the year. The Ray Donovan star shared what drew him to the project, although unfortunately, he didn’t reveal who he is playing:
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. … That’s what I love about it. But it also is anamorphic … ohh 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.
After the visually stunning trailer for Into The Spider-Verse, it’s n0t difficult to see Schreiber’s point here. Sony has always been known for its outstanding film graphics but they’re pushing the boundaries in this one with Lord & Miller saying that the film used innovative animation techniques, which makes it looks like a comic book coming to life. While it may not be as groundbreaking as what James Cameron is supposedly doing in his Avatar sequels with glasses-free 3D format, it’s still a good step towards bettering computer graphics technology. The footage we’ve seen from the film thus far is reminiscent of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 with all the neon city lights, but with hints of pages of comic books actually coming to life. Further, it’s also interesting to see the filmmakers’ fresh take on shots of Spider-Man swinging between skyscrapers and running around the metropolis considering that we’ve seen many variations of the character doing basically the same thing.
It’s going to be a pretty huge Spider-Man year for Sony. On top of Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse, they’re also officially launching Venom, which will setup its own interconnected franchise with the Black Cat and Silver Sable movie, Silver and Black, currently in development. Starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Venom may attempt to tell the story of the iconic Spider-Man villain separate from Peter Parker’s story, an interesting move considering that Brock’s narrative is very much connected to Parker’s. The first Venom teaser trailer has already been revealed, but unfortunately, people aren’t still completely sold on the idea.