Chronicle Director Josh Trank to Take Over Spider-Man Spin-Off Venom
03.07.12 by Ryan
Sony Pictures has been wanting to make a Venom spin-off since 2007, back when the character was still present in our minds after being poorly utilized in the over-stuffed and disappointing 2007 sequel Spider-Man 3. In 2009, Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired to adapt a screenplay, with writer-director Gary Ross to provide a rewrite and possibly direct. Ross eventually moved on to the upcoming The Hunger Games instead, and the project has languished ever since. Until now.
The LA Times reports that Sony is targeting director Josh Trank to take over Venom after Trank's directorial debut, the "found footage" superhero movie Chronicle, earned $104 million in worldwide box office. Twentieth Century Fox was also courting Trank to stick with the studio after Chronicle's success, making him their "frontrunner" to direct the reboot of Fantastic Four. Trank's response, though, wasn't overly enthusiastic; he he claimed in January that "going forward, I want to have some original ideas and different things I'm working on."
Whether those "original ideas" always included Venom is unknown, though they certainly do now. According to the report, Venom will start over from scratch on a screenplay, and producers are currently seeking a writer while they finish negotiations with Trank.
Like in Spider-Man 3, the character is a symbiote who attaches itself to a human host. In the Marvel comic books, once Spider-Man detaches himself from the symbiote, it takes over Daily Globe reporter Eddie Brock, who soon becomes Spidey's nemesis. Topher Grace played Brock in Spider-Man 3, but is not expected to return, as the character of Brock might not even be used.
In the character's most recent comic book iteration, Venom is a "black ops" special agent working for the government with the symbiote attached to Flash Thompson, Peter Parker's high school bully and eventual ally. Whether the movie version would follow the character's villainous history or his more current heroic continuity is something Trank and his eventual screenwriter will have to decide on moving forward.