Director Andy Serkis’ Venom 2 starring Tom Hardy is currently filming. And today we’re hearing from Cinema Blend and producer Matt Tolmach that the sequel may end up being rated R due to the success of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker.
Specifically, Tolmach says: “I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they [did it]!’ We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating.”
He continues: “I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed. For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden. … So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling.”
The original film was rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for language. It followed journalist Eddie Brock who is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom — leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating.
The much-anticipated sequel is set to star Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock / Venom along with Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady / Carnage, Michelle Williams as Eddie’s ex-fiancée Anne Weying, Reid Scott as Anne’s boyfriend Dan Lewis, and Naomie Harris as Shriek.
Venom 2 will be directed by Andy Serkis and produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, and Hutch Parker from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel based on the character created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane. Columbia Pictures will unleash it on October 2, 2020.