If you've been following your Marvel news, then you've surely heard that Sony is rushing to get a stand-alone film made about Spider-Man's greatest adversary, Venom. The movie will be separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is shooting for an R-Rating as a potential sci-fi/horror film, and already has a release date of October 5, 2018, with production beginning as soon as this fall. Sony is hoping to launch a Spider-Man universe of their own and possibly a whole "VenomVerse."
The idea for a Venom film has been floating around Hollywood since the 2007 release of Spider-Man 3, the first and only live-action film to feature the character. Most recently, a Venom movie was thought to be a part The Amazing Spider-Man Universe which also included canceled projects such as The Sinister Six and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 & 4, all of which came crashing down after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had a lackluster box office and Sony agreed to share Spidey with Marvel Studios.
The writers behind Zombieland and Deadpool, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, sat down with Heat Vision to discuss Life, and were asked about their version of the Venom script from a decade ago. Life was rumored to be a Venom prequel, but this did not turn out to be the case. Still, when asked if they thought their draft of the movie would work today, Wernick had this to say:
We haven't read that script in so long. We were out on the set of Zombieland and we had turned it in. That would have been 2007, 2008. … Not having read it, it's hard. But we were immensely proud of that script. My guess is there are things if we would go back and read it, we would want to change things, but there are also things that we think, "Oh my God, that's so cool."
Reese addressed whether or not their work was being used for the new film:
I don't think that draft is being used in the creation of the movie. They have got to have moved on from it a long time ago, there have been other writers.
Wernick added, "I think there may be an element or two that has survived, but that might be it."
Venom is my favorite comics villain. He is my favorite type of villain, the doppelganger who mirrors the hero, yet is much stronger. That being said, I don't want to see a Venom movie unless it is set up properly, which takes at least one Spider-Man film, if not two. With Spider-Man likely out of the equation all together, I have no idea how Sony will not repeat the sins of the past and screw up the character a second time.
Do you think Venom would have been in good hands with Reese and Wernick? After all, they do have other highly anticipated projects they are working on including Deadpool 2 and Zombieland 2. Or is Venom best left for dead until Marvel Studios can someday revive him?... Hopefully...