‘Chronicle’ Director in Negotiations for ‘Venom’ Movie

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 25th, 2013 at 8:53 am,

Those still pining for the now-canceled Spider-Man 4 will remember that at the time of Spidey 4′s early development there was also talk of a spin-off film based on iconic Spider-Man villain Venom, who was featured in Spider-Man 3.

Well, fans upset about the new Spider-Man reboot film The Amazing Spider-Man are probably still wishing for Sam Raimi version that almost was – but they may end up getting at least some of what they wanted, as word is in that the Venom movie is still alive, and may even have a director in the form of Josh Trank, whose found-footage superhero film Chronicle has been a breakout hit for Fox this year.

The earlier version of this Venom movie had Gary Ross, the director of The Hunger Games attached to it- but that all went out the window when Sony opted for the reboot route. Ross also did work on a script for the film, which would’ve painted Venom as the antihero he became during his solo run in late ’90s Marvel comics, instead of just a straight villain from the Spider-Man rogues gallery. According to the source the LA Times has, a new writer will be brought on to rework Ross’ screenplay.

Aside from being a genuinely engaging, exciting, and clever superhero origin tale (read our review), Josh Trank’s Chronicle also demonstrated that the director has good insight and ideas about how to realize a superhero story onscreen (and all the superpowers that come with it). Better yet: under the restrictions of a small budget, Trank nonetheless showed strong tact in how he incorporated digital effects with live-action – an important asset when trying to bring a character like Venom to the screen. The director was also recently rumored for the Fantastic Four reboot (which is owned by Fox), but those have ultimately panned out as being false.

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For those who don’t know: Venom is one of Spider-Man’s most iconic (and favored) foes. He wears a suit that is actually a living parasite, and struggles to maintain conscious control of his gelatinous “other’s” often malevolent impulses. Suffice to say, the version of the character played by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3 was a shallow realization of the character’s potential.

The larger question here is how this Venom movie would fit into the continuity of The Amazing Spider-Man reboot (if at all). As we’ve pointed out before, ASM is borrowing several key elements from the modernized Ultimate Spider-Man comic book continuity – elements that already foreshadow the eventual debut of the Venom character in later ASM sequels. On the one hand, seeing the character in his own film would be great; on the other hand, going straight to a spin-off film instead of giving the character a fresh re-launch in an Amazing Spider-Man sequel could be putting the cart before the horse.

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Sony would be wise to avoid the missteps of, say, Fox, who confused fanboys and non-fanboys alike with their so-called “prequel/reboot” approach to (sort of) re-launching the X-Men movie franchise with X-Men: First Class.  XMFC caused so much confusion about continuity that it took a slow-burn, word-of-mouth progression all the way through home video to convince many people that the film was worth their time. When it comes to launching something like Venom, success could be all in the timing.

We’ll keep you updated on the status of Venom, starting with whether or not Trank takes the directing job.

Source: LA Times


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  1. hey

  2. I personally think it is a great idea but it should show the good and evil in venom. It should also have spiderman in it but sort of as a background character because the film is focused on venom trying to kill spiderman and struggling to control the symbiote. It should start out as spiderman with the black suit though and when he gets it off it will focus on the symbiote and venom. There should also be a different villain besides venom which is Carnage since he is venom spawn and spiderman and venom must team up to stop him. Carnage should also kill someone close to spiderman which would affect his future as the amazing spiderman in his future movies. In the end venom and spiderman stop carnage and destroy his symbiote and venom must choose to keep his symbiote or destroy it.

  3. Venom must also be Eddie Brock not anybody else you must have Eddie!!!

  4. Another way it can relate to the amazing spiderman universe is by having Peter get a job at the daily bugle in the beginning to help making money for college but Eddie Brock is his rival photographer so J. Jonah Jameson has an idea to find out which photographer is better. In the end peter wins the contest (after he gets the black suit) and Brock is poor because he no longer has money from the daily bugle. Off topic comment spiderman should get the black suit from oscorp by mistake because it is an expiremental formula and he gets it trying to stop a robbery but not a big super villain robbery just a few crooks in masks which spidey stops but accidentally crashes into the case where they are keeping it while easily dodging a punch but being careless about it. This could also be a cliffhanger for the end of the second movie so you can focus on venom more in this movie if you make it a movie and then start the venom movie where spidey has the black suit then Eddie loses the bugle contest which makes him poor and then spidey eventually realizes that he is beginning evil and gets it off and then it finds Eddie and they become venom