Venom Director Ruben Fleischer No Longer Working On Jekyll Adaptation (Exclusive)

Back in 2016, it was reported that Ruben Fleischer was on board to helm an adaptation of the BBC miniseries Jekyll, which would follow a modern-day descendent of the literary character. It would then follow him as he started to portray the split personality trademark of his ancestor. However, this is a project that has since sort of disappeared, even with Chris Evans attached to lead the Lionsgate film. So what’s the status of this picture?

Well, consider it dead. During a recent phone interview with Fleischer, I asked about the status of this project, and Fleischer confirmed that he jumped away from that project in order to take on Venom — and for good reason, as he explained:

“When I was developing that movie, it was, I kind of had to jump from that to go to Venom. There’s a lot of similar themes in the two films, I think that’s why I was attracted to both in terms of the theme of duality. You could argue that there’s a Jekyll and Hyde relationship between Eddie and Venom. For me, having done Venom, that kind of negated the desire to do Jekyll. It feels like maybe it’ll overlap a little too closely for me.”

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Yeah, without a doubt, this is a pretty similar dynamic to what he accomplished in Venom. Were he to jump on board this project, it would likely be retreading the same territory he already covered, which would be a bit odd.

So will someone else jump on board to take it over? Sadly, we do not know, but if someone does pick it up, I’d be surprised if comes together within the next five years.

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