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From Pleasantville to Venom

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, October 7, 2009

An accomplished screenwriter and director, Gary Ross had been already hired by Columbia Pictures to do a rewrite on Spider-Man 4. Now comes the scoop that the Seabiscuit and Pleasantville helmer is writing a new script for Venom, the studio's proposed spinoff movie about the symbiote villain seen in the third Spider-Man movie.

Ross may also direct the movie, too.

There's been earlier drafts done for this Venom movie, and at one time New Line Cinema had the rights and were fooling around with it. Of course, the big problem with a spinoff movie for a supervillain is that who gets to be the bad guy in the bad guy movie? And there's also the question as to how interesting a character Venom is without his adversary, Spider-Man, to be seen. Would you pay to see a movie that featured The Joker and no Batman? OK, bad example but Mr. J is a rarity among adversaries but you get the idea. What's Venom without Spider-Man?

-The Hollywood Reporter.
Adam54
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Posted: 12 years 3 weeks ago

Any word if Topher Grace would play him again? He was the best part of Spidey 3 for me, but I could see where they'd want to go for a more "name" star.

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Posted: 12 years 2 weeks ago

I always thought that the red Carnage was the better alien symbiote character. Carnage is the bastard child of Venom... now apparantly theres like a white super-Carnage knock off.

figuring out what to do with Venom without Spiderman IS something that has to be addressed. We could potentially be looking at another Catwoman and that folks, is a VERY VERY bad idea.

I dont think theres a precident for super villains in a solo spinoff movie... somebody has to stop him so who would it be? obviously not the police force, they're too wimpy. An even badder bad guy? (Carnage?) another "B" hero from the Marvel line? (Deadpool? Punisher? Fantastic Four?)

Heres another question: do they REALLY need Toby McQuire as Peter Parker or can Spiderman be a CGI character for the entire Avengers movie? a CGI spiderman that keeps his mask on the entire time... WHY even bother with "THE" actor at all?