Sony has had a Venom spin-off in the works since the character debuted in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3." During that time, the project has passed through several hands, including Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick's, and the duo recently discussed their proposed take on the anti-hero.
During the press circuit for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," the screenwriting pair took time to talk about the film they pitched all the way back in 2008. The two expressed several expected platitudes: their take would have been "dark" and "grounded" and would have centered on a "conflicted" Eddie Brock (which is interesting considering he was vaporized in "Spider-Man 3").
Beyond that, Reese and Wernick didn't describe much outside of a scene that would have featured the alien symbiote "travelling across a city…jumping from body to body" and turning its victims into violent hosts.
The two also admitted that their version of the film isn't likely to be used once the film finally goes into production. As Wernick explains, the two worked on the film "a long time ago," and "too many things have happened in between." Because of this, the film is "just likely not to happen in the form that [they] wrote it, unfortunately."
Of course, the big question is just who will bring Venom to the big screen in his own film. Gary Ross came aboard to relieve Reese and Wernick of their duties in 2009, while "Chronicle" director Josh Trank was recently attached. However, he's currently prepping Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot, which once again leaves Venom in limbo.
It's possible that Marc Webb could beat everyone to the punch by reintroducing Venom in his "Amazing Spider-Man" series, which is set to be another trilogy. There have already been rumors that the second film might at least introduce the symbiote suit once again, though the evidence (a vague set picture tweeted from Webb) is scant.
One thing does seem pretty certain: the solo Venom film is very much grounded at the moment, as Sony would either have to attach yet another director or wait until Trank is done with his Fantastic Four duties.
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