Fantastic Four director Josh Trank has shared the original plan and vibe for his scrapped Venom movie.
Before Josh Trank went over to 20th Century Fox to direct Fantastic Four, he was attached to a Venom movie for Sony. Unfortunately for Trank, the studio didn’t find his R-rated vision a fruitful endeavour. In a recent interview with ComicBookMovie, Trank discussed how the project came about. After directing Chronicle, Trank met with Sony to discuss any potential projects and Venom was brought up, much to his surprise.
Josh Trank revealed that he was a huge fan of Venom co-creator Todd McFarlane and he believed this would be a fantastic opportunity to dissect the character. Trank also cited his love for The Mask, which would later serve as an inspiration for his scrapped vision.
“I’m a huge fan of Todd McFarlane in general and Venom was just a character I’ve always loved.I immediately thought about The Mask. This could be like a really cool synthesis of everything about The Mask that I loved, but infused into the lore of this iconic Marvel character.”
Once Trank was attached to the project, he brought on Robert Siegel to help pen the script. However, the duo’s uncomfortable take on the character wasn’t exactly what the studio wanted for a major character like Venom.
“Something he is great at is tapping into the most uncomfortable sides of a character portrait, but I definitely miscalculated being within the studio system with that kind of aesthetic. I thought this was an opportunity to make something really character-y, uncomfortable, and break ground in terms of having this super nuanced uncomfortable character story with the branding of a massive four quadrant superhero film. We turned in the treatment, and they didn’t like it.”
It sounds like Josh Trank’s vision for the character was to delve deep into his psyche and trauma, something that hadn’t been done in the comic book film genre until last year’s Joker. After the studio passed on Trank’s take, Venom ended up in the hands of Ruben Fleischer, who directed a film that wound up being a commercial success. While it was well received by fans, critics found the film to be exceptionally cartoonish and lacking the nuance one would expect from a character as complicated and conflicted as Venom. Despite the not-so positive reception from critics, the Tom Hardy film will be getting a sequel titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which is slated to hit cinemas in 2021.
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Directed by Andy Serkis from a script written by Kelly Marcel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, Naomie Harris as Shriek, and Woody Harrelson as Carnage.
Venom is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be released in theaters on June 25, 2021. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news surrounding Josh Trank and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!