Having just seen WB move Aquaman off of its October 5th release date and into the late December frame, Sony has decided to plop the long gestating Venom film into that slot, as reported by THR.
Here’s what we know so far:
It’s written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker, the latter of whom wrote the pretty poorly received The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It’ll be directed by Alex Kurtzman, the co-writer of films like Star Trek: Into Darkness and surprise, surprise…The Amazing Spider-Man 2. (Update: or maybe not).
And last but not least, it is highly unlikely to be connected to this year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming starring Tom Holland and co-produced by Marvel Studios.
Sony has long hoped to turn Venom into a property they can spin a franchise out of, stretching back to the Sam Raimi days when they twisted his arm to include the character into his third installment of the initial series of films. I’m not quite sure how you manage the character’s origin without Spider-Man’s involvement though.
More to come as it develops…
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