Well, this one is a head-scratcher…
Fifty Shades of Grey screenwriter Kelly Marcel has been hired to pen the latest draft of Ruben Fleischer’s Venom for Sony Pictures.
Variety Film Reporter Justin Kroll broke the news today on Twitter. Check out his tweet below:
VENOM update: Kelly Marcel ( 50 SHADES OF GREY) penning latest draft of script
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) October 4, 2017
Marcel has also written Saving Mr. Banks and the upcoming Cruella, which will star Emma Stone as the 101 Dalmations villain Cruella de Vil. She also co-created the short-lived FOX series Terra Nova, which wasn’t great, but I got super into it because dinosaurs.
Call me crazy, but I’m not sure that the writer responsible for Fifty Shades of Grey is the right person to finally do Spidey’s archnemesis justice on the big screen. While the cast assembled so far is spectacular, especially Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, it’s the creative team developing the film that most gives me reason to worry. This hiring does not do the film any favors in that regard. I am also not 100% sold on Fleischer as director as, apart from Zombieland, his other films have been definite misses for me.
Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) is set to direct Venom from a script originally written by Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower). The film stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, as well as Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, with Jenny Slate also in talks to join the cast. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing the film.
Sony’s Venom is a standalone Spider-Man spinoff, that is separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will not feature Tom Holland’s webslinger. While plot details still remain under wraps, the film is said to be an origin story of sorts for Eddie Brock’s Venom.
Venom is currently slated for an October 5, 2018 release. Stay tuned right here on Heroic Hollywood for all the latest Venom news.
Source: Justin Kroll
6 Ways Sony Can Make ‘Venom’ Actually Good
A while ago, it was announced that Sony was interested in revisiting the Venom property after featuring the character in the contentious Spider-Man 3, with the intent to have a new franchise that wouldn’t necessarily be tied to the current cinematic iteration of Spider-Man. Progress on that stalled when it turned out that Sony would be placing emphasis on developing an animated movie instead; While news on that movie has steadily been released, Venom seemed to be put on the back-burner for a while. Now, in what appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to Aquaman moving to take Avatar 2‘s planned release date, Sony has suddenly announced that the Venom project is back in business, and will be arriving on the same day that Aquaman was originally going to be released.
Naturally, this has left a lot of fans with concerns, particularly with the team that’s producing Venom – Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the duo behind the unnecessary The Amazing Spider-Man reboot series that caved in on its second installment and indirectly led to Sony’s decision to re-reboot into a much more accurate and well-received take on Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures as a company has been taking a lot of flak for a number of creative decisions recently, such as greenlighting the already-maligned animated feature The Emoji Movie and deciding to cancel the Ghostbusters III film that was in development in the late 2000s in favor of pushing out a reboot with a half-assed script, a decision that the contributed greatly to Sony’s billion-dollar write-off for their film division last year when their would-be mega-franchise came up incredibly short. They’re not exactly in the best place right now as a company, and it’s going to be a while before Spider-Man: Homecoming (hopefully) puts them in a better position as far as their tentpoles are concerned.
But there’s still a chance for Venom to defy expectations and actually turn out to be a good movie. The easiest option for Sony would be to wait a bit and cooperate with Marvel Studios before thinking about putting the Lethal Protector in one of their movies – since it’s very likely that Spider-Man will get the Symbiote in Avengers: Infinity War, and Venom will probably play a part in their own plans – but given the divide between Arad and Marvel Studios following his departure from the company, this does not seem likely. Operating on the presumption that Venom will be set outside of the MCU’s continuity – which ultimately may not be the case – here are 6 things that Sony must do to make sure that they get the villain/anti-hero right this time.