With The Amazing Spider-Man coming out this summer, Josh Trank, the director of Chronicle is looking at making a movie all about the villain Venom.
The LA Times reports that Sony is in talks with Trank to direct the spin-off of the evil symbiote who was last seen portrayed by Topher Grace in Spiderman 3. A Venom project has long been in the works, dating back to 2008. At one point Gary Ross was set to direct the film in 2009, he went on to do other project like The Hunger Games which comes out soon.
If you’re unfamiliar with Venom, he is technically a symbiote that was created by the fathers of Eddie Brock and Peter Parker. The globby black thing attaches itself first to Spider-man, and picks up his web powers, then he gets attached to Brock and is determined to kill Spider-man.
A few years ago Jacob Estes had a draft of the script. Producers are shelving that for the time being and are looking for a new writer. In Ross’ version of the script, Venom would have been seen as an antihero rather than a villain. In addition to a new writer, Sony will also be looking for a new actor since Grace is not expected to return to the role.
Trank’s latest film Chronicle has been a hit in theaters, making more that $60 million even though it had a small budget and no big names attached. The film also features a character given an ability who goes on to misuse the power and ends up hurting people.