Cinematographer Robert Richardson has officially signed on for Venom 2. In the wake of the first Venom becoming a success last year, Sony has decided to move full-speed ahead with its plans for a Spider-Man villain and antihero universe. The studio is currently in post-production on the next entry, Morbius the Living Vampire, for a Summer 2020 release, and has several other films (like Kraven the Hunter) in early development. In addition, they just barely set Andy Serkis to direct Venom 2 and hope to start production on the sequel in a matter of months.
Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams are both officially set to reprise their roles as journalist Eddie Brock and his ex-fiancée (also, lawyer) Anne Weying, respectively, from the first Venom in the sequel. The pair are expected to be joined in the cast by Woody Harrelson, who appeared in the previous film's mid-credits scene as serial killer Cletus Kasaday, as setup for him evolving into Carnage in Venom 2. Now, another key position on the movie's creative team has been filled.
According to THR, Richardson has signed a deal to shoot Venom 2, having previously worked with Serkis on his directorial debut, Breathe. Interestingly, Richardson was recently rumored to have signed on for a different superhero movie in the form of Matt Reeves' The Batman. However, he refuted the claim himself before Greig Fraser (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) officially signed on as the film's DP a few weeks back.
Richardson, of course, is a three-time Oscar winner who's previously worked with Quentin Tarantino on the films Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight and, most recently, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He's also collaborated with Martin Scorsese multiple times and won two of his three Oscars for his efforts on the director's The Aviator and Hugo. Funnily enough, the Venom franchise already had a knack for attracting top-tier cinematographers prior to Richardson coming aboard. In fact, the first Venom was shot by Matthew Libatique, who picked up his second Oscar nod for last year's A Star is Born and has since worked on DC's upcoming Birds of Prey comic book adaptation.
With Serkis directing, Richardson overseeing the cinematography, and Hardy helping returning writer Kelly Marcel on the sequel's script, Venom 2 is coming together quite nicely so far. The first movie was far from a critical darling, but its blend of sci-fi, horror, dark comedy, camp, and especially the Eddie-Venom relationship, helped propel it to a massive $856 million gross at the box office. If Venom 2 manages to carry over those elements while also improving on the aspects of the previous film that didn't work, it may yet become both a critical and commercial success alike.
Venom 2 does not have an official release date yet.
- Morbius (2020) release date: Jul 31, 2020