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Chronicle director Josh Trank in talks for Venom movie

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Chronicle director Josh Trank is said to be in secret discussions with Sony Pictures about making a Venom movie for the studio.

The insider report states that Sony is considering a stand-alone picture featuring the dark-suited Spider-Man villain. In Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, Venom was played by Topher Grace. It's not believed that Grace would come back to reprise the role in the Venom movie; instead, the show would be separate and stand by itself. It might not even be a part of the Spider-Man world mythology, as hard as that is to conceptualize since Venom's ever-shifting suit bears a strong resemblance to Spider-Man's distinct look.

Before Sony had its first Spider-Man movie, New Line Cinema owned the screen rights to Venom and were developing their own movie. That project never got past the script stage, and when Sony's Spider-Man film series struck oil, it was just a matter of time until the character wound up in one of Raimi's movies. After Spider-Man 3 came out the Venom movie rights had landed with Sony, and Hunger Games director Gary Ross was working on a Venom movie that never hatched.

When the character was first introduced in Marvel's Spider-Man comic book series, Venom was a man called Eddie Brock who bonded with an alien symbiote that gave him superpowers. Becoming one of Spider-Man's main adversaries in the 1990s, Venom was so liked by fans that Marvel softened him up a bit, trying to turn their former cold-blooded killer into an anti-hero (with limited success.)

-The Los Angeles Times.
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They should do the Diane Duane novel, where there was another alien that looked exactly like Venom, only had vastly different powers and had no actual relationship to Venom or the symbiote, other than looking exactly like him for no reason whatsoever.

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