'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank Gets 'Spider-Man' Spin-Off 'Venom'?
After his found footage super powered flick Chronicle hit pretty strongly at the box office to the tune of $104 million worldwide on a budget of $12 million, director Josh Trank was said to be the top choice to take on the reboot of Fantastic Four. Now another comic book flick might fall into the filmmaker's lap as 24 Frames says Sony is negotiating with Trank to take on the long developing Spider-Man spin-off Venom, featuring the comic book character who was cheaply tossed into Spider-Man 3 with Topher Grace under the symbiote as Eddie Brock, a force to be reckoned with for both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. More below!
As expected Grace is not expected to take on the role again, and while a script by Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek) has been around for awhile, apparently a new writer is being sought for the project. While Venom is commonly known as a villain in comics, the film would paint him as more of an anti-hero. Frankly I'm not sure Venom works without Spider-Man, but it can't be any worse than what Sony did with the character in Spider-Man 3; a completely disrespectful and tacked on inclusion that was added just to appease fanboys. And while Grace was a good counter to Tobey Maguire, the character was just a mess. Hopefully this time the script treats Venom with respect, but who will put on the black symbiote suit this time? Thoughts?