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Even with the reboot of 'The Amazing Spider-Man' still months away, Sony is already prepping to continue the rejuvenation of the franchise with a solo shot for one of Spidey's greatest nemeses: Venom. Venom is an alien symbiote who attaches himself to living hosts and was featured as one of a trio of villains in Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man 3.' The move toward a Venom spin-off is actually not surprising given that the studio had been considering a Venom film since 2008, and at one point it was close to being a vehicle for 'The Hunger Games' helmer Gary Ross. However it looks like things are moving a little more deliberately on the project now as Sony is actively courting new directors. One such director currently in negotiations is 'Chronicle's Josh Trank. In case you haven't made it out to theaters yet to see it, 'Chronicle' is a found footage movie about three teens who suddenly and unexpectedly acquire telekinetic superpowers; one of them succumbing to the darker potential of his new-found gift. Although no actors are officially on board with the new Venom project, it has been all-but-concluded that Topher Grace will not be reprising the role.
Josh Trank is absolutely the perfect choice for Venom. Not only has he already proven he can adeptly tackle superhero/supervillain storylines, but 'Chronicle' is a film about how obtaining a superpower can bring out the latent capacity for evil within any human being. Sound familiar? It should, because that's essentially the hook of the Venom character. Also, given Trank's ability to make wildly imaginative, character-driven, and (most importantly to studios) incredibly successful epics on meager budgets, I'm excited at the prospect of a Venom movie that doesn't lean on expensive special effects and focuses more on the emotional journey of the protagonist/antagonist. Plus, Trank knows how to tell effective and engaging stories from the villain's perspective, as it would stand to reason Venom would be told. We would get to see a more well-rounded, multifaceted Eddie Brock who slowly became more and more professionally ambitious and jealous before acquiring the means to let his corrupted id run free. Will all this definitely be in the Venom movie? Not necessarily, but with Trank at the helm, it very well could be.
What do you guys think? Do you like Trank for Venom? Are you interested in a Venom movie at all?
Source: LA Times