Spider-Man Spin-off in Negotiations
Excited for “The Amazing Spider-Man”? If you’ve got a soft spot for the web-slinger’s archnemesis Venom, get ready to cry some geeky tears. Sony is in talks with “Chronicle” director Josh Trank to lead a project starring the popular Spider-Man villain.
According to a blog posted by Steven Zeitchik for the Los Angeles Times’ 24 Frames, Sony is in negotiations with Trank to “take the reins of the Spider spin-off.” The director’s most recent film, “Chronicle,” has earned more than $60 million since its release last month.
If you’re unfamiliar with Venom, the character is an alien Symbiote that attaches itself to a human host and endows it with special powers. Played by “That ‘70s Show” star Topher Grace in 2007’s “Spider-Man 3,” Venom was ranked the “22nd Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time” by entertainment website IGN.
The Venom film project is a long time coming. Gary Ross, director of the upcoming “Hunger Games,” had negotiated with Sony in 2009 to direct a movie based on the villain, but scrapped the idea. Along with seeking out a new director, Sony is looking for a new lead actor, as Grace isn’t expected to don the alien suit.
With “The Amazing Spider-Man” scheduled for release on July 3 and a sequel already being planned for 2014, there’s no better time for Sony to produce a related film. If this works out, don’t be surprised if you hear news about a “Doctor Octopus 3D.”
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