Last February, when Marvel and Sony announced plans to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with yet another reboot, most assumed that Sony's Spider-Man spinoffs Venom and The Sinister Six were no longer happening. A report from last February claimed that the studio may still move forward on these movies, but we haven't heard any updates since then. Today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that Venom is in fact moving forward, with Sony hiring Dante Harper to write the script.
The project will not be connected to Sony's new Spider-Man project, with Venom expected not only to stand on its own, but also launch a separate franchise. The project has seen a number of filmmakers come and go, with Gary Ross and Josh Trank set to direct at one point. Writing teams such as Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci were attached to write the script at various points in the development process.
Topher Grace played Eddie Brock/Venom in 2007's Spider-Man 3. The character was created in 1988 by David Micheline, with artwork provided by Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. Venom is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive, which provides the human with incredible powers. The character was originally conceived as a villain, but he became an anti-hero and almost a bona fide good guy in a lengthy stretch of the comics.
The current Marvel Comics portray Eddie Brock/Venom as a villain who has teamed up with Flash Thompson, Peter Parker's old high school nemesis who now works as a government agent. It isn't clear which version of this iconic character will be used for this new movie. The project doesn't have a director lined up at this time, but if production will actually start this summer, we may hear more soon about a director and even some cast members coming aboard.
Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach, who produced The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for Sony, are coming back to produce this spinoff, with Palak Patel and Eric Fineman overseeing the project for Sony. Dante Harper performed a rewrite on Edge of Tomorrow and he also wrote the upcoming thriller Sleepless Night starring Jamie Foxx. Are you glad this spinoff is finally moving forward?