Sony is looking to get a director for its Venom sequel signed on as Bumblebee director Travis Knight and Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt have reportedly taken meetings to helm the sequel.
The story comes hot off the heals of the report that Andy Serkis of Lord of the Rings fame was also taking a meeting with Sony to possibly direct the sequel. Based on this, it appears that Sony wants to keep it’s options open regarding the Venom sequel by putting Bumblebee director Travis Knight and Rupert Wyatt in the mix. The previous director Ruben Fleischer is reportedly unavailable to do the Venom due to other commitments.
Travis Knight is perhaps best known for his work on the Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee. While not the franchise’s biggest hit, Travis Knight’s Bumblebee was the first to receive widespread critical acclaim, currently hold a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Before Bumblebee, Travis Knight had previously directed Kubo and the Two Strings. Likewise, Rupert Wyatt directed the successful Planet of the Apes reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. While he did not return for the sequels, Rupert Wyatt’s film ultimately kickstarted a successful trilogy. Rupert Wyatt has also directed a number of pilots for acclaimed television shows. And from the look of things, Sony is eager to tap into these talents!
What do you all make of this? Would you like to see Bumblebee director Travis Knight or Rupert Wyatt helm a Venom film? Would Sony be better off giving the job to Any Serkis? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here’s the official synopsis for Tom Hardy’s Venom:
The evolution story of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass character – Venom! Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a broken man after he loses everything including his job and fiancée. Just when his life is at its lowest, he becomes host to an alien symbiote which results in extraordinary superpowers – transforming him into Venom. Will these powers be enough for this new lethal protector to defeat great evil forces, especially against the far stronger and more weaponized symbiote rival, Riot?
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script written by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Woody Harrelson.
Sony’s Venom is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD.
Travis Knight’s Bumblebee is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD.