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MOVIES: Venom - Spider-Man Spinoff - News Roundup *Updated 23rd October 2017*



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19th October 2017 - Scott Haze in Talks to Join Cast

Scott Haze, who appears this month with Miles Teller in the war drama Thank You For Your Service, has joined the project, which is part of Sony’s universe of Marvel-licensed characters.

Character details for Haze are being kept in, um, a haze.

Carnage is the villain in this piece and although rumors whispered Ahmed for the role, the studio has said that is not so.



16th October 2017 - Reid Scott in Talks to Join Cast

Reid Scott is in talks to join the cast of Sony’s “Spider-Man” spinoff “Venom” starring Tom Hardy. Sony had no comment on the casting.

The studio has made it clear that Spider-Man will not be in these standalone films, but has left the door open for Venom to possibly appear in other “Spider-Man”-related pics. “Venom” will hit theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.
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3rd October 2017 - Jenny Slate in Talks to Join Cast

Jenny Slate is in negotiations to join Tom Hardy in Sony’s “Venom” movie.

Sources say Slate will play a scientist in the film.

Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”) will write the script for “Venom,” with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing the movie, along with Amy Pascal. Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing the project for Columbia Pictures.
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27th September 2017 - Michelle Williams in Talks to Star

Michelle Williams is in talks to star opposite Tom Hardy in Sony’s “Venom” movie.

Riz Ahmed is also on board with Ruben Fleischer directing.

Sources say Williams would play a district attorney and possibly Hardy’s love interest. Sony had no comment on the casting.
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9th August 2017 - Riz Ahmed in Talks to Join Cast

Riz Ahmed is in early talks to join Sony’s “Venom” movie.

While details on Ahmed’s role have not yet been revealed, sources say that he’ll be playing a popular Marvel Comics character. Sony had no comment on the casting.
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Ahmed's character is being kept under wraps, but insiders say he would not be playing the villain Carnage, which the studio has been looking to cast.



19th July 2017 - Envisioned as a Spin on Horror; More Details

Sony also isn’t interested in producing just conventional comic-book movies. It sees “Venom” as a spin on a horror film, for instance, while director Gina Prince-Bythewood likens “Silver & Black” to buddy films such as “Thelma & Louise” and “Midnight Run.”

For “Venom,” Sony has tapped director Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”) to bring the menacing arachnoid to the masses. In the comic books and the film Venom is hatched after reporter Eddie Brock (Hardy) bonds with an alien symbiote — a union that gives him deadly powers. “I’ve always been drawn to the more antihero superheroes,” Fleischer says.  “There’s a dark element to [Venom] and a wit that has always appealed to me.”

Fleischer says the film will deal with Venom’s origins and with the Jekyll and Hyde relationship Brock has with the alien symbiote. “They become almost a third being, which is what Venom is,” Fleischer says. “There’s a famous quote: ‘You’re Eddie Brock. I’m the symbiote. Together we are Venom.’”

Panitch says “Venom” will draw on the work of John Carpenter or David Cronenberg while promising “more pop and fun.”
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21st June 2017 - Carnage Will Be Apart of the Spinoff

As for the expansion plans, Tom Hardy is starring in Venom, dated for Oct. 5, 2018, which will also feature the villain Carnage.

Other projects will focus on Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. The idea, says a studio source, is to build out a world gradually rather than launch one immediately, as they had been trying with Spider-Man villain ensemble Sinister Six, which has been shelved.



19th May 2017 - Tom Hardy Cast as Venom + Ruben Fleischer to Direct



A film based on the Marvel character Venom, conceived initially as a supervillain who is bent on destroying Spider-Man and then becomes kind of an anti-hero is being brought to the big with Tom Hardy as Venom and/or Eddie Brock with director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) helming. Sony also announced this morning that the film will be released on Oct. 5, 2018 and production will start this fall.
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16th March 2017 - Release Date Revealed

The studio has set October 5, 2018 as the release date of that comic book movie. The studio had previously announced its Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, as opening on that date but then bumped it to October 19, 2018.

Venom has no director yet, but does have a script: Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the latter who worked on 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, recently turned in a draft. (Dante Harper wrote a previous draft.)

The studio hopes to launch a franchise with Venom.



5th March 2016 - Spider-Man Spinoff 'Venom' Being Developed at Sony

Sony has tapped Dante Harper to pen a script for Venom, something that is being envisioned as a franchise apart from and unrelated to the upcoming Spider-Man movie in the works with actor Tom Holland.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, among stewards of the Spider-Man properties, are producing and overseeing the project.

Venom is one of Marvel’s top villains and a Spider-Man fixture since he was introduced in 1988, created by writer David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. The character is an alien symbiote that need a human host to survive. In return, the alien empowers its victim with incredible powers.

For the longest time, Venom was a villain but then morphed into an anti-hero and even (almost) good guy. In his current incarnation, Venom is paired with Flash Thompson, a Peter Parker bully-turned-close friend and now a government agent.

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