“Venom” Spin-Off Film Moves Forward?
The Hollywood Reporter recently indicated that Spider-Man spin-off project Venom could be moving forward, with the Sony hoping to revive the web-slinger’s movie franchise much like the upcoming Wolverine spin-off looks to accomplish with the X-Men film franchise. The article also notes that the attention Heath Ledger’s Joker is receiving with regard to The Dark Knight has made studios rethink the viability of a villain in a lead role.
Of course, first they’ll have to get past a few pesky details… like, for instance, deciding on a script and a lead actor.
The studio had commissioned a draft of the script from Jacob Estes, a writer of the specialty film "Mean Creek," released several years ago by Paramount Classics. He’s also attached to the Plan B drama "The Gifted."
But the studio is considering going in a different direction from Estes’ script and is seeking writers for a new draft.
Casting also is no simple matter. Topher Grace played the character in the film, but agents have been eyeing the role for their clients, as Sony is not yet convinced the actor can carry a tentpole picture.
Well, all I can say is that it really can’t be any worse than the Daredevil spin-off, Elektra… can it?