Spider-Man Spinoff 'Venom' Roaring Back to Life at Sony
But now, The Hollywood Reporter says that the Venom film is getting back on track.
It still sounds like Sony hasn't learned anything from the Amazing Spider-Man movies.
To be fair, Venom has evolved significantly since his first appearance as a Spider-Man villain, and now is somewhat of an anti-hero in himself. Since the release of that film in 2007, rumors have persisted about a solo Venom movie, but variation iterations of the project have failed to materialize.
When Sony made the deal with Marvel to share the rights to Spider-Man, most of us felt that the batch of spinoffs they were planning - which reportedly included the likes of Black Cat, Sinister Six, and even an Aunt May movie - would have fallen by the wayside. The last time we saw Venom appear onscreen was in Spider-Man 3, which is largely considered to be the weakest of Sam Raimi's trilogy. A spin-off has been in the works in several incarnations, with Gary Ross and Josh Trank among the director coming and going, and writers such as Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Deadpool) and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci writing versions. Now, the latter is back on with Edge of Tomorrow's Dante Harper attached to write the screenplay. The character is literally a parasite who used Spider-Man as a host, for god's sake. He is now paired with Flash Thompson, who started out as a Peter Parker's high-school bully before becoming one of his BFFs and then a government agent. Most notable is the idea that Sony sees a Venom flick as "a franchise apart from and unrelated to the upcoming Spider-Man movie", meaning we shouldn't expect to see Spidey in it at all. Longtime Spider-Man movie producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce the movie, which is being "envisioned" as a franchise separate and unconnected to what's happening with Spider-Man.