Sounds like the Venom script is going through rewrites. No surprise there, but the interesting part is who Sony has penning the latest draft. According to Variety reporter Justin Kroll, the studio has tasked Kelly Marcel to take over the script from Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg.
You may not recognize the name, but she did have her hand a couple high profile films following her departure from the Terra Nova television show. The bigger film you may recognize her from is Fifty Shades of Grey, the adaptation of the E.L. James erotic novel series that took the world by storm a few years back.
This may give you pause. After all, Fifty Shades of Grey (while generally accepted as an improvement of the source material) was no Citizen Kane. However, the other film she co-wrote will likely give you a little more faith: Saving Mr. Banks. The film told the story of Walt Disney trying to convince Mary Poppins Pamela Travers to allow them to make the beloved film. It could have been dumb and cheesy, but it was honest, heartfelt, and an all-around strong movie.
Finally, she’s also currently one of the writers credited to the upcoming Disney film Cruella.
In short, Marcel may be a relative newcomer to the game, but her resume does speak well on two levels. It shows us that she’s able to improve upon source material, and it shows that she’s a relative joy to work with from a studio perspective (otherwise Disney would not have invited her back).
We look forward to seeing what she’ll bring to Venom.
Venom hits theaters on October 5, 2018.
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SOURCE: Justin Kroll