'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Filmmakers Take off Their Masks for 'Behind the Screen' Podcast

Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Peter Ramsey are featured in this new episode.
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Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie), and director Peter Ramsey are the guests on a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Behind the Screen podcast series.

Ramsey — who directed with Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman — says Lord and Miller wanted to "create something that really paid homage to the form of comic books in a way the live-action movies literally can't." The screenplay, by Lord and Rothman, follows African-American and Puerto Rican Brooklyn teen Miles Morales as Spider-Man, voiced by Shameik Moore. The trio of guests discuss the story, as well as how they established the movie's CG animated comic book style.

Since debuting at the top of last weekend's North American box office with $35.4 million — the best December opening for an animated movie ever — Into the Spider-Verse had earned a total of $45.2 million in the domestic market and $65.7 million worldwide, as well as a near-perfect 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It was voted as the best animated feature by numerous critics, including those in Los Angeles and New York. It also earned seven Annie Award nominations, including best animated feature, direction and writing. Furthermore, it is also nominated for a Golden Globe for best animated motion picture.

"The mission statement of this movie was, let's make a movie that makes people feel empowered," said Miller. "It doesn't matter who you are, how young or old, boy or girl, what walk of life you come from — you say, 'I can be a hero.'"

Hosted by THR tech editor Carolyn Giardina, this new Behind the Screen podcast series features conversations with editors, cinematographers, composers and other artists who create the magic of motion pictures.

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