Josh Trank to direct Spider-Man spin-off?

Chronicle director in talks to make Venom

Venom, the long-awaited Spider-Man spin-off, looks to be moving forward with Sony apparently tapping up Chronicle’s Josh Trank to occupy the director’s chair.

The LA Times
reports that Trank is currently in negotiations with the studio, having wowed executives with his low-budget trickery on Chronicle. He becomes the second director to be linked to the project, after Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross turned down the opportunity back in 2009.

The film will provide an opportunity for Sony to do justice to one of the Marvel universe’s most iconic villains, having seen Topher Grace’s incarnation relegated to footnote status in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3.

For those of you who missed that one, Venom is an alien symbiote that attaches itself to human host Eddie Brock, and transforms him into an ooze-slinging supervillain with powers to equal Spidey himself. There's no word on how Spider-Man would fit into the new film, so we'll have to wait and see whether Andrew Garfield will find himself squaring off against the alien antagonist.

Screenwriter Jacob Estes had previously turned in a script portraying Venom as an anti-hero rather than a villain, but Sony are apparently looking for a new script as well as a director and star. No Topher Grace then? Ah well…

Are you interested in a Venom spin-off? Let us know, below.


    • alexr

      Mar 7th 2012, 8:40

      Please make me happy and do the character justice this time...or just leave the spin off alone until after they have brought Venom into the new Spider-man movie series.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 7th 2012, 19:12

      It's a silly idea to have a spin off of a villain, I can understand having a spin off with someone like Wolverine because he's such popular character with an interesting story, Venom is a cool villain but he's nothing without Spiderman.

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    • FBJRider

      Mar 8th 2012, 13:43

      The only way this would work would be if they do down the anti-hero route. Which Venom is sometimes seen, the most obvious villain would be Carnage. I can see people being scared of him and the police trying to take him down but he repents for anything bad he does by defeating Carnage. They obviously couldn't have him as a full blown villain because I don't think that would do as well box office wise, I mean I'll go see it no matter which road they choose but with Sony's current money problems they'll be wanting to return as much as possible from a film which means making it PG-13 or lower.

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    • alexr

      Mar 9th 2012, 11:23

      This is going to end up being similar to Spawn. I can feel it in my bone...

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