Back in 2009 Sony was developing a Venom spin-off following the character’s appearance in Spider-Man 3. Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick handed in their draft of the script, and Gary Ross was hired to direct in October 09. However, Sony decided to reboot the Spider-Man franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man, shifting their focus, and Ross moved on to direct The Hunger Games which hits this month.
Now it looks like a Venom solo movie is back on the agenda, and Chronicle director Josh Trank may be in line to direct.
From 24 Frames:
The studio is negotiating with Josh Trank, the hot director of this winter’s found-footage hit “Chronicle,” to take the reins of the Spidey spin-off, said a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly. Sony was not immediately available for comment.
The film would center on the gooey villain who was a mainstay of the Marvel comics and was a nemesis, incarnated by Topher Grace, in the third “Spider-Man” picture in 2007. (The character attaches himself to a human host and becomes as powerful as the web-slinging superhero.)
Topher Grace, who played the villain in Spider-Man 3, was not being eyed to return in 2009, and Sony is still looking for another actor to take over. Sony is also said to be looking for a new writer to rework the script (or possibly start anew).
Following the success of Chronicle, which has made just over $100m worldwide on a $12m budget, Josh Trank was thought to be in line to direct the Fantastic Four reboot for 20th Century Fox, but it seems Venom will be his next superhero outing.