Sony is feeling good about Spider-Man lately. The series reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, hasn’t yet hit theaters, but the studio is already planning a Venom spin-off, according to the LA Times. The film, based on one of Spider-Man’s most famous foes, could be directed by Josh Trank, who helmed the commercially and critically successful Chronicle — which is still in theaters (and you should probably watch).
This wouldn’t be the first time Venom has appeared on screen. In Sam Raimi’s lamentable Spider-Man 3 back in 2007, Topher Grace played a short-lived version of the character. Sony attempted to get a Venom film off the ground a few years back and even worked with Gary Ross, director of the upcoming Hunger Games movie. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out. The new adaptation will abandon the working script the studio had and start from scratch.
Though it’s sad to see how quickly Hollywood pidgeonholes directors and other talent (example: Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is now making X-Men movies), Trank could probably make a pretty good Venom movie. The big problem will be Venom himself, who is a villain in the Spider-Man universe. How do you make a blockbuster starring an evil character. Either the studio will try to turn him into a hero of some kind or he’ll have to be defeated. Evil cannot reign unchecked, after all.