Sony Wants Gary Ross to Write and Direct the Venom Movie
by Alex Billington
October 7, 2009
And who exactly is Gary Ross? Ross is a writer, producer, and director, who last directed Seabiscuit and Pleasantville before that. Those aren't exactly two movies that make me think he's overly qualified to bring one of the great supervillains to life, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have some tricks up his sleeves. THR's Heat Vision reports that Ross has been hired to write the Venom spin-off for Sony "as a potential directing vehicle." You might also remember that Ross was hired back in July to write the Spider-Man 4 script. They must really like his take on that and want the Venom movie to feel the same way so they hired him again.
Oddly, THR doesn't mention that Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote at least two drafts of Venom as well (they've talked about it a lot before). I'm guessing that Ross is working off of their script in order to tweak it for the studio and potentially get it ready for him to direct. The studio also wouldn't confirm whether or not Topher Grace would be returning, whether Spider-Man would even be in the movie, or anything else besides Ross' involvement. But at least it's moving forward! Even though we don't know anything else yet, I'm just excited to know that this is getting closer to actually happening.