Chronicle director in talks to direct Venom live action

The LA Times has just announced today that Josh Trank is currently in negotiations to helm the live-action adaptation of Marvel super-antihero Venom. Trank is currently fresh off the extremely successful found-footage superhero film Chronicle, a film our podcast crew gave “As” across the board and is currently rated 85% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In 2007, Topher Grace portrayed Venom in Sam Riami’s Spider-Man 3. Although, the film is slated to be a spin-off, Topher Grace is not scheduled to reprise the role. No word yet if the film will be in direct correlation with Spider-Man 3 or whether they’ll completely reintroduce the character altogether.

The last we saw of Venom, a pumpkin bomb detonated as Eddie Brock tried to save the alien symbiote. Once the smoke cleared, Eddie Brock and the symbiote were presumed to be dead, but fans were always skeptical. In the last few seconds, you can see small bits and pieces of the symbiote crawling away. Coincidentally, 2007 was also when Sony producer Avi Arad first announced the idea of doing a Venom live action. So, the film has been in the pipe for a while.

The film was originally written by Jacob Aaron Estes but was rejected. Sony would then hire current Deadpool screenwriters, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Hunger Games director Gary Ross was originally set to direct but decided to drop from the project.

As an avid Venom fan, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about all this. Sure, I would love to see the big guy get the justice he didn’t receive in Spider-Man 3, but the whole idea seems forced and is probably just another excuse for Sony to whore out another Marvel property.

Source: LA Times

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