'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank Gets 'Spider-Man' Spin-Off 'Venom'?

March 6, 2012
Source: 24 Frames

Venom / Josh Trank

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?

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I'm actually disappointed. I was hoping this talented guy would get a more interesting project. I just think the Venom deal sounds iffy. 

Quanah on Mar 6, 2012


depends on his choice of Venom's look..........

Jericho on Mar 6, 2012


i googeled up Venom stories and found A LOT of comics and book solely about Venom being an anti-hero.......

Jericho on Mar 6, 2012


as a fan of the character ild love to see a little redemption after the farce of Spider-Man 3...that movie was a slap in the face and killed almost all respect ive had for Sam Raimi. Venom has been painted in the hero as well as anti-hero throughout several stand-alone stories as well as big arcs like Civil War and the Invasion follow could absolutely be done.

Darkpoet0302 on Mar 12, 2012


BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This is a joke right? 

Christopher Batty on Mar 6, 2012


A menacing reluctant hero? Sounds interesting just don't make it into crap... How are they going to make a spin off when they haven't mentioned venom in the new spiderman franchise? How is that all going to work? Makes no sense...

BinaryChaos on Mar 6, 2012


As much as I love Venom, I just don't think the character has the strength to hold his own movie... :/ then again I could be wrong just sayin...

LosZombies on Mar 6, 2012


I'd say Venom's got a better shot at holding his own movie than "Ghost Rider" and for sure,  "The Punisher"!

Blue Silver on Mar 7, 2012


agree with GR and Tom Janes "Punisher"...i mean travolta...really? But i thought the 2nd shot with Ray Stevenson wasnt tooo bad. Definately the best of the 3 movies....nice body count.

Darkpoet0302 on Mar 12, 2012


Venom would be a unique comic book adaptation.  It would be the first villain oriented film.  I think it would be cool. However I thought Chronicle was pure crap.  Special effects were ok, but the acting, dialogue and pretty much the entire rest of the film was completely forgettable.  I think this director would benefit from another film or two before taking on a big budget superhero flick.

Aero027 on Mar 6, 2012


Venom will be emo, he will be a teenage, he wont look like the comic, and throughout the last fight of the film his human face will be exposed so everyone can see the million dollar actor who plays him... next...

happy camper on Mar 6, 2012


 Give him Spawn instead.

Xerxexx on Mar 6, 2012


Hmmm......a propper Spawn movie.....yes, they owe us that.....

David Banner on Mar 10, 2012


READ A COMIC PEOPLE!... Venom is the perfect anti hero. And he even has some great fights with wolverine

Whatsxhisxname on Mar 6, 2012


this would be the worst movie to do next for such a talented director with much promise. he needs to do something original again...

trustme on Mar 6, 2012


as long as there is NO  Topher Grace anywhere near it I will see it

Loser on Mar 7, 2012


 I never have understood Venom's popularity. He's the shittiest bad guy ever...

Bl00dwerK on Mar 7, 2012


Channing Tatum is Perfect

Antony Packer on Mar 7, 2012


if they can make it in the same universe as The Amazing Spiderman and then tie them together sometime in the future for a dual arc story (part one with Venom as the villain and ending with a cliff hanger introducing Carnage and part two with Carnage as the villain) then I'm down. this as stated above, would have to be treated with loads of respect.

Tim on Mar 7, 2012


@Xerxexx:disqus hit it right on the head. Spawn is the most logical anti-hero project out there. It's got the most potential to launch this 'dark' comic book character franchise that everyone is craving for. Venom sounds cool, but I think Spawn has more a rich storyline that isn't connected to another big name comic book character right?

Markysri on Mar 7, 2012


My thoughts exactly. Trank + Spawn = A great start in a new direction of dark heroes. 

Xerxexx on Mar 7, 2012


What about....Lobo?

David Banner on Mar 10, 2012


I'd agree on Spawn.  The first film wasn't that great and if they're already rebooting Spiderman....then Spawn is long over due.  I still think there's a better director out there for a project like Spawn though.

Aero027 on Mar 7, 2012


VENOM is the anti spider man. big black and mean., he wants to kill him and carnage. however because he blieves he is a inocent bystander from parker taking "his job" he doesnt kill or harm inocent ppl. he takes a crazy take on saving inocent ppl when there around him in trouble but will kill the bad ppl making him a bad guy anti hero.

RobinsonLuke on Mar 7, 2012


Actually a Spawn movie directed by Christophe Gans would be really cool

Loser on Mar 7, 2012



redskulllives on Mar 8, 2012


awwww yeahhhhhhh a venom movie, i want a last time with tobey maguire helping venom with the carnage , jus with a epic figth!!!

Spydie777 on Mar 30, 2012

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