Well now ain’t this just out of left field. Filmmaker Gary Ross, writer/director on such inspirational dramas as “Pleasantville” and “Seabiscuit”, was recently tapped to take a swing at the “Spider-Man 4” script, which got a lot of heads turning. And now the heads are gonna keep turning, because according to THR, Ross has been given the job of adapting “Venom”, a spin-off movie based on the Spider-Man franchise. That’s not all, too: Ross is scripting the movie with an eye toward directing it himself, his first movie since 2003’s “Seabiscuit”.
“Venom” will be based on the black alien symbiote from outer space featured in the third “Spider-Man” movie. You know, the gooey black stuff that landed on Earth thanks to a meteorite, then slithered around before finally landing on poor Topher Grace and turning him into a huge black Spider-Man wannabe with giant teeth? That’s Venom.
As is usually the case, the symbiote’s origins actually go further than what was shown in the movie, back to Spider-Man’s Secret Wars days, but of course Sam Raimi and company gave us the Cliff’s Notes version in the movie. As such, there is definitely room to explore the creature itself, including his origins, and where he goes after his encounter with Spider-Man. And since Columbia also owns Spidey, if Ross would like to pen in the superhero, or just a mention, I don’t think the suits would mind.
So the question now is, where will Ross set the movie? Will it be post-“Spider-Man 3”, or a prequel of sorts? Venom is from outer space, so there’s a lot of untapped history out there to explore if one was so inclined. How did it get on that meteorite in the first place? Where did it come from? Etc.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who recently struck gold with “Zombieland”, have worked on the “Venom” script, along with Jacob Estes.