After achieving success with his found footage superhero movie last month ($104 million worldwide on a $12 million budget), it’s no surprise to see that Chronicle director Josh Trank is closing in on a deal to direct another comic book movie for a major studio. What is surprising, however, is the project that he is reportedly circling. According to the L.A. Times, Trank is now in talks to direct a movie based on Spider-Man’s long-time foe, Venom. Not too long ago we had heard that Trank was being courted to helm a Fantastic Four reboot for Fox, but now it appears that he may be jumping studios to work with Sony instead. The question is, will it be connected to Marc Webb’s upcoming film The Amazing Spider-Man?
A Venom movie has been in development at Sony for a few years now, with Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick taking a shot at a script, followed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games), who was also supposedly being considered to direct at one point. It was originally planned as a spin-off from Spider-Man 3, but with fans not so enthused about Topher Grace’s take on the character, they eventually re-envisioned it as a reboot.
Now that Sony is starting from scratch with the entire Spider-Man universe all over again, it seems like a good opportunity to do something new with Venom. However, as far as we know, he will not appear in The Amazing Spider-Man. It’s also unclear if Venom will be portrayed as a villain or an anti-hero, which he eventually became once given his own comic book series. What do you think, are you interested in a Venom movie and is Josh Trank a good choice to direct?