SCI FI Wire had an exclusive interview with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers behind next month’s Zombieland flick (which looks great!) and they spoke about that other big project they’ve been working on: the script for the Venom solo film.
The last we heard on the Venom project from the writers was from back in April when they couldn’t comment on whether or not this incarnation of Venom would be the same as/related to the wasted version we saw in the highly disappointing Spider-Man 3.
In the interview, Reese and Wernick take questions on the status of the project and when the film could be in production.
So, What’s the latest on their scripts?
“We’ve written two drafts of Venom, and the studio has it, and they’re pushing forward in whatever ways they push forward,”
As for when the film going move into actual production, the writers said they weren’t sure and re-iterated that they’ve submitted their latest two drafts.
With Spider-Man 4 moving into production early next year for a summer, 2011 opening, fans are curious as to when we might expect this film – Could it come before or around the game time? Could the movies cross-over?
“We can’t really talk about that, unfortunately… Basically, the studio and Marvel and the Arads are taking our drafts and going beyond and figuring out what’s the next step.”
What we do know about the future Spider-Man movies are that Sony hired James Vanderbilt to pen scripts for Spider-Man 5 and 6. The interesting part about the news was that the scripts would act as a franchise reboot should Raimi and his cast not return for more after Spider-Man 4.
I’m not sure I expect to see Tobey Maguire want to do another after this. He seemingly wasn’t too interested in coming back for this fourth installment and the same can be said about co-star Kirsten Dunst.
Either way, Sony is sick of waiting so long between installments in their prized film franchise and with Tobey Maguire not seemingly interested in more installments and Sam Raimi’s rediculously busy schedule, I could see them pulling the trigger on the reboot idea.
What does that mean for Venom? Well, I expect that the movie will need to tie-in to Spider-Man at least in some form and the cross-over ideas are always great for marketing and for fan hype. Just look at what it’s doing for X-Men and the Marvel Studios films… possibly even the DC films going forward starting with Green Lantern.
Since Venom is nowhere near Spider-Man 4 in the development process, it won’t be out before Spidey 4 swings into theaters and probably not that year. That means, we might get Venom tying into Spider-Man 5 & 6 (they’re said to be interconnected) which would allow for the films to share a continuity and start fresh with a better take on Venom and a new take on Spider-Man.
It also fulfills Sony’s wishes of having the ability to pump out more films quickly from the franchise and by having a new people working on Spider-Man and a possible franchise out of the Venom characters, they could release a movie annually for quite some time.
Either the movie ties into the existing franchise in some form, or it helps kickoff the reboot of Spider-man which could be happening with Spider-Man 5 & 6.
That being said, I’m not completely sold on a Venom spinoff as he’s not nearly as appealing to the mass audiences as Spidey is as a title character. It will all come down the marketing and casting of course and some sort of tie-in with Spider-Man will give it a hefty boost.
As for Spider-Man 4, if the next movie doesn’t improve heavily upon the last installment, fans will not be impressed and will be much more accepting of the inevitable franchise reboot (or re-casting).
I’m still curious on the villains of these movies. Will Mysterio (possibly played by Bruce Campbell) be the villain of Spider-Man 4? Who will be the Venom’s enemy? Will Spider-Man duke it out with a new-and-improved version of Venom?
What do you think about the state of the franchise, the Venom spinoff and potential of a reboot?
Spider-Man 4 is scheduled to open May 6, 2011.
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