Marvel Scaring Up a Venom Solo Movie
Variety reported today that Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) is following up his rewrite of Spider-Man 4 with writing-directing duties on a solo spin-off movie based on the Marvel villain Venom that got shoehorned quite awkwardly into Spider-Man 3. I ask this in all honesty: Does anyone care about a Venom movie?
Columbia still owns the rights to Venom despite the multi-billion dollar Disney acquisition of Marvel and has been trying to get a Venon solo movie off the ground for a while now; most recently Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick took a crack at the script. Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad, and Gary Ross will produce the spin-off film with Ross writing and directing. It remains to be seen if Topher Grace will be reprising the role of the symbiotic alien black Spidey suit villain he originated in Spider-Man 3. It's believed that this Venom movie will start from scratch with the character.
Again I ask: does anyone really care about a Venom movie? It seems to me Spider-Man 3 did more to devalue the character than make people clamor for more.
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