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Re: Venom (Now w/ 100% More Bizarre Development News)

Postby TheButcher on Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:00 am

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Screenwriters Are Big Fans Of Venom
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci about whether they've met with Sony to discuss the character appearing in Marc Webb's Spider-Man franchise or in a solo feature film.
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"The fans love Venom. He is the fan favorite. All Spider-Man readers love Venom"
-Avi Arad

Spider-Man’ Movie Spin-Offs Could Be Coming, Sony Pictures Chief Hints
Amy Pascal says audiences should be ready for new heroes and villains from the Spider-Man canon
Brent Lang wrote:Venom and the Green Goblin should start getting ready for their close-ups because Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal hinted that the studio is planning spin-off adventures for supporting character in its “Spider-Man” franchise.

“We are going to access Marvel’s full world of Spider-Man characters, so be on the lookout for new heroes and villains,” Pascal said during a presentation to investors on Thursday.

Sony licenses the web-spinner from Marvel, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company, but it has the rights to make films from the characters who orbit, aide and do battle with Peter Parker and his alter-ego Spider-Man. These include popular villains like Rhino and Electro, as well as anti-heroines like Black Cat.

Given that the four “Spider-Man” films have made north of $3 billion worldwide, it makes sense that Sony would want to find ways to further exploit the comic books, much the way Fox is doing with “X-Men” and the “Wolverine” films.

The studio has already rebooted the wall-crawler one time, swapping out the original franchise team of Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire for new director and star Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield with 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

The next film in the series, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ hits theaters next May, with Jamie Foxx playing Electro and Paul Giamatti taking on the role of Rhino.
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Who Could Be Spider-Man's Amazing Sony Movie Friends?
Sony wants to expand the Spider-Man movie series into a multi-character franchise -- but which heroes could join the wall-crawler on the big screen?
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Re: Venom (Now w/ 100% More Bizarre Development News)

Postby TheButcher on Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:45 am

Does The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer Hint at Venom?
A cleverly placed clue has been hidden in a crucial scene. Check out the trailer once again, and see if you can find it.
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Postby TheButcher on Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:32 am

Drew Goddard To Write And Might Direct Sinister Six, Amazing Spider-Man And Bill And Ted Writers Attached To Venom Movie
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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT TO EXPAND THE SPIDER-MAN UNIVERSE ON SCREEN WITH ALL-STAR WRITING TEAM

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to Collaborate with Marc Webb and Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach on Developing the Universe and Expanding the Story in “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” “Venom,” and “The Sinister Six”

CULVER CITY, Calif., December 12, 2013 – In a move to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen, Sony Pictures Entertainment, in association with Marvel Entertainment, is developing several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.

The five writers, along with the two producers and Marc Webb, have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films. Under the deals, the studio announced that Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Webb will return to direct; the film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016. In addition, the team will build on the cinematic foundation laid by Webb, Arad, and Tolmach in the first two movies. They will expand the franchise as Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon will write the screenplay for Venom, which Kurtzman will direct; also, Goddard will write, with an eye to direct, The Sinister Six, focusing on the villains in the franchise. Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the development and production of these films for the studio.

In tapping these five writers, the studio and the producers are guiding the future of the franchise with the writer/producers who have each played significant and key roles in developing such highly successful franchises, films, and series as Star Trek, Transformers, “Alias,” “Fringe,” Men in Black, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, World War Z, “Lost,” Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods, and Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series.

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, “The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets. We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films.”

Arad and Tolmach added, “This collaboration was born out of the great experience we and Marc had working with Alex, Bob, and Jeff on The Amazing Spider-Man 2. With more than fifty years’ wealth of stories in the comic books to draw upon for inspiration, the Spider-Man universe is truly boundless; in addition, the Spider-Man comics have the greatest rogues gallery of any series, and to have the chance to explore that on film is truly thrilling. Until now, we have approached each film as a separate, self-contained entity, but with this move, we have the opportunity to grow the franchise by looking to the future as we develop a continuous arc for the story. That is what Alex, Bob, Jeff, Ed, and Drew will do in this unprecedented collaboration, and we’re excited about the directions they are taking the character and the world.”
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Sony Expands ‘Spider-Man’ Universe With ‘Venom,’ ‘Sinister Six’
Dave McNary wrote:The new projects include a pair of villain-based films — “Venom” and “The Sinister Six.” Sony made the announcement late Thursday night.

Kurtzman will direct “Venom” from a script he’s writing with Orci and Solomon. Goddard will write “The Sinister Six” with an eye to direct.
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Re: Venom (Now w/ 100% More Bizarre Development News)

Postby Ribbons on Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:38 pm

Uggggghh I don't know about this. This sounds desperate and weird to me. But I like Goddard and (semi-)respect Kurtzman, so fingers crossed? I guess.
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Re: Venom (Now w/ 100% More Orci)

Postby TheButcher on Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:26 am

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Writer Roberto Orci on Sinister Six; Oscorp Unifying the Villains; a Possible Eddie Brock Venom; and the Future of the Franchise
"I think people are ready to have things shaken up."
Roth Cornet wrote:The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers, and Star Trek writer and producer Roberto Orci has a full plate with Sleepy Hollow on FOX, third and fourth sequels for The Amazing Spider-Man, Venom, and Sinister Six in development - among other things. We were able to sit down with the prolific writer and producer recently to talk about his new series Matador for Robert Rodriguez's new network El Rey (more on that soon).

During the course of our conversation, we touched on what's ahead for The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, as well as his thoughts on the approach they may take for Venom and Sinister Six.
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Re: Venom (Now w/ 100% More Bizarre Development News)

Postby TheButcher on Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:34 am

Jeff Robinov Has Offers for More Than $100 Million in New Financing; Closing In On Studio Deal (EXCLUSIVE)
Alexandra Cheney wrote:Jeff Robinov already has offers from Chinese financiers and other investors for more than $100 million to launch his new production company, say those familiar with the matter.

The former Warner Bros. pic chief is looking to raise a total of $200 million to $300 million in equity and an equal amount in debt.

Variety has just learned that ongoing negotiations with billionaire industrialist Len Blavatnik to be the lead investor are over, according to a well-placed source close to the situation.

The 55-year-old Robinov is also in deep discussions with Sony Pictures about signing on as an investor in his shingle and to market and distribute his movies.

Robinov is ideally looking to raise a sizable fund of independent money to produce a slate of films that would complement a studio’s annual lineup. The executive has also talked to Fox about a studio partnership, but he’s more likely to land at Sony.

Amid an increasingly strained economic climate in which production and marketing costs continue to rise, studios are reducing the number of films they bankroll on their own. Partnering up with a self-funded production company such as Robinov’s helps mitigate some of that risk.

During his tenure at Warner’s, Robinov had the authority to decide which films would get greenlit at Hollywood’s largest studio. Prior to leaving the studio last June after losing a bid for the chairmanship to home entertainment chief Kevin Tsujihara, he oversaw such hit movies as “Gravity,” “Argo” and the “Harry Potter” franchise. His years of relationships with top filmmakers and access to stars makes Robinov attractive to investors.


Jeff Robinov Raising Hundreds of Millions From Chinese Investors, Nearing Sony Deal
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Re: Venom (Now w/ 100% More Bizarre Development News)

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'Spider-Man' Spinoffs Will Be Character-Driven, Say Producers
Creating movies from the "Amazing Spider-Man" series is "a challenge in every sense," explains producer Matt Tolmach.
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Venom (Now w/ 100% More Brains!)

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Postby TheButcher on Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:57 am

Matt Tolmach Won't Reveal Whether We'll See Spider-Man In SINISTER SIX Or VENOM
Josh Wilding wrote:With the Venom movie, with the Sinister Six movie, there's a certain name not on the title. Are we going to see Spider-Man crop up or is it the start of the supervillain movie?

We'll see. That would be an enormous spoiler I cannot give you. I'll just say that anything is possible. That's the fun of that, and that is what you see in some of those Marvel movies. Once you sort of decide to open up the universe, the rules go out of the window and you get to have fun. So, without actually answering the question, we'll see what happens!

Have there been any discussions, at any level, about any character swinging by to say "Hi!" in a [Marvel] movie?

We talk about everything all the time, but Marvel and Disney and Sony are obviously two very different companies. As great as it would be, the truth is no. Right now, we are working with the characters in the Spider-Man universe, and there are tons of them. The question everyone asks, 'Is Spider-Man going to show up in The Avengers?', that's not a plan for now. Right now, the truth about Spidr-Man is that he swings along. That's his plight, so it's not happening anytime soon.

You've got a lot of villains in the universe, how many other heroes have you got?

If you look for example at Venom, I think knee-jerk people thing, 'Venom! A villain!' Really? Venom is a character who has this innate sense of goodness and justice, so there are lots of characters who can be a little bit of both. So, when you start talking about a Sinister Six movie, is it just going to be all bad guys? No. There's complexity to all of them, and that's part of the fun we're having right now as we're building it. Some characters are way worse - badder - than others. There's a lot you can do. There are some guys who are redeemable, and some who are really horrible.


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EXCLUSIVE: Sinister Six and Venom Movies Will Arrive Before Amazing Spider-Man 4
2018's Spider-Man movie will not be The Amazing Spider-Man 4, and will be either Sinister Six or Venom.
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Will Carnage Appear in the Venom Movie?
"The idea of Venom and Carnage… taking it into consideration," says producer.
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Sony Launches Female Superhero Movie Mining Spider-Man Universe
VENOM CARNAGE AND FEMALE SUPERHEROES
ANITA BUSCH wrote:Lynton talked about an expansion of the Spider-Man universe in 2013, saying that they were going to create a number of spinoffs including Sinister Six and one revolving around the Venom character which first appeared in Spider-Man 3 and was portrayed by Topher Grace. The Venom movie — which we hear is entitled Venom Carnage — is still said to be in development with old pros Alex Kurtzman and Ed Solomon scripting. The Venom pic, which Kurtzman will direct, may also now come out in 2017.
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Postby TheButcher on Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:56 am

Alex Kurtzman Teases Venom Into Darkness
'Venom is the representation of every line that will get crossed,' Kurtzman said.
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As Sony has begun to build their own cinematic universe around Spider-Man, one man has been there through it all as one of its architects: writer and producer Alex Kurtzman. Somewhere between a female-driven spinoff and a potential “Sinister Six” movie, Kurtzman has his own assignment: bringing anti-hero “Venom” to the big screen.

Kurtzman was on hand at the Paley Center For Media’s red carpet premiere for CBS’s “Scorpion” (which he produces) in advance of its premiere September 22 on CBS. While there, MTV News asked the producer about the appeal of Spider-Man’s black-suited enemy.

“The idea,” Kurtzman explained, “is that you can do things with Venom that you can’t do with Spider-Man.”

Making his appearance all the way back in “Amazing Spider-Man” #299 (1986), Venom, for the uninitiated, is disgraced reporter Eddie Brock and the transforming alien costume that bonded with him. Both have a grudge against Peter Parker, and they’re not afraid to terrorize, or kill anyone around him for a little payback. At the same time, Venom/Brock weirdly thinks of himself as a hero, making the occasional jump over to the good guys’ side.

While it’s not currently known whether Brock, Venom’s later identity Flash Thompson, or some third iteration will be featured in the movie, it does seem that the character will share at least some DNA with his comic book counterpart.

“Venom is the representation of every line that will get crossed,” Kurtzman said. “He’s a much darker character.”

When it comes to comparing what Sony is doing with “Amazing Spider-Man,” and what Marvel is accomplishing with its cinematic universe, Kurtzman said he thinks his team has a bit of a head start, one that has allowed the Spider-verse to evolve.

“You know, Spider-Man has the benefit of having so many more movies than even some of the movies that have 2′s and 3′s in front of them from Marvel,” Kurtzman explained.

And even though he’s not currently involved with the still-planned “Amazing Spider-Man 3,” Kurtzman did have some advice on how the main franchise could continue.

“I think as long as it keeps staying true to character, and true to who Peter is, and putting him in interesting and complicated situations, it’ll survive,” Kurtzman suggested. “Because it’s so beloved – everybody loves Spider-Man.”
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Re: Venom (Now w/ 100% More Bizarre Development News)

Postby TheButcher on Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:37 pm

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Rumor: Spider-Man To Cross Over With The Avengers?
Our take: Sony has no clue what to do with the Wall-crawler.
Devin Faraci wrote:Yesterday HitFix's Drew McWeeny [url="http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/marvels-making-big-plans-beyond-avengers-3-and-its-making-hollywood-crazy"]dropped a little bombshell[/url]:

While I can't get the confirmations I need to verify the story, I'm hearing that there are some very cool "Spider-Man" plans being discussed that would help Sony refocus their enormously important franchise while also opening up some connections in the onscreen Marvel movie universe that would blow fandom's minds. Will it work out? I don't know. I would love to be able to state for sure that it's happening. What seems clear from what I've heard is that Marvel wants to be able to play with all of their characters, and if they can make that work creatively and on a corporate level, they will, and that means the world gets bigger again.

Spider-Man coming into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? That's a big deal. But get this: it's the THIRD DIFFERENT Spider-Man plan I've heard in the last week. Other things I've heard from insiders:

- Sony is going to soft reboot Spider-Man with The Sinister Six, having a new actor playing a Spidey who works with the villains The Dirty Dozen style to take down a larger threat.

- Sony is going to put Spider-Man on the shelf for four or five years and see if they can develop any of the side characters into their own franchises.

I've also heard that Venom is functionally dead again.


Marvel's making big plans beyond 'Avengers 3,' and it's making Hollywood crazy
EVERYONE'S APING THE MOVES, BUT NOT TAKING AWAY THE RIGHT LESSONS
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Spider-Man: How Sony, Marvel Will Benefit from Unique Deal (VARIETY EXCLUSIVE)
The studio is still moving forward with the Spider-Man villain-centric “Sinister Six,” and “Venom” spinoff, as well as a film that features female characters in the “Spider-Man” universe. “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ has been cancelled.
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Re: Venom (Now w/ 100% More 2018)

Postby TheButcher on Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:57 am

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You’ll Never Believe This, But AVATAR 2 Has Been Delayed
SCOTT WAMPLER wrote:Maybe you've noticed that James Cameron as not begun filming Avatar 2, and you've found yourself wondering how the hell he intends to meet that December, 2018 release date. Maybe you've been thinking that seems unlikely.

Well, James Cameron agrees:
"Well, 2018 is not happening,” he told The Star ... “We haven’t announced a firm release date. What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases. So we’re not making Avatar 2. We’re making Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5. It’s an epic undertaking. It’s not unlike building the Three Gorges dam. (Laughs) So I know where I’m going to be for the next eight years of my life. It’s not an unreasonable time frame if you think about it. It took us four-and-a-half years to make one movie and now we’re making four. We’re full tilt boogie right now. This is my day job and pretty soon we’ll be 24-7. We’re pretty well designed on all our creatures and sets. It’s pretty exciting stuff. I wish I could share with the world. But we have to preserve a certain amount of showmanship and we’re going to draw that curtain when the time is right.”



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NICOLE SPERLING wrote:
Looks like you’re going to have to wait a little longer to see Jason Momoa in his standalone Aquaman movie.

Warner Bros. announced Thursday that they’ve postponed the release date of the James Wan-directed feature two months from Oct. 5, 2018 to Dec. 21, 2018.

Of course, this won’t be the first time fans see Momoa as the D.C. Comics hero. He made a brief appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will appear again in this fall’s Justice League, set for release on Nov. 17.

A Christmas release for Aquaman does indicate the studio’s confidence in the film, a good sign considering other D.C. releases seem to be in some kind of tumult, including shifting directors on upcoming Flash and Batman projects.

Now the movie, which costars Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, and Patrick Wilson, will go up against Sony’s animated Spider-Man flick.

Aquaman was previously competing against Sony’s other big bet: the next chapter in the Lisbeth Salander story, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which will be directed by Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe), but has yet to cast its new protagonist.



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Venom Gets 2018 Release Date
Brent Lang wrote:Venom is heading to the big screen. Spider-Man’s nemesis, sharp of fang, flexible of morals, will get his own adventure, Sony said on Thursday. The spin-off film will swing into theaters on Oct. 5, 2018. Venom is a favorite of comic fans; the alien has long terrorized the web-slinging hero.

To make room, Sony will move “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” Fede Alvarez’s “Dragon Tattoo” reboot from Oct. 5 to Oct. 19. It will face off against “Jungle Book: Origins,” Warner Bros.’ take on the Rudyard Kipling stories, and an untitled film from Blumhouse, the low-budget horror purveyor behind “The Purge” and “Get Out.”

The release shuffle took place hours after Warner Bros. moved “Aquaman” from its Oct. 5 to Dec. 21, 2018. The studio was filling a holiday season hole left by “Avatar 2’s” delays.

David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” made $232.6 million globally, but was a financial disappointment given its $90 million budget and millions more spent on advertising. Alvarez, who scored with last year’s “Don’t Breathe,” is re-casting the lead roles of super sleuth Lisbeth Salander and crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, previously played by Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.

The studio is also sprucing up its Spider-Man films. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will debut this summer, with Tom Holland taking over the web-spinner role from Andrew Garfield. The idea is to focus on a more youthful Spidey as he tries to balance saving the world with being a high-schooler. Sony has long harbored ambitions to better exploit the universe of Spider-Man characters that it licenses from Marvel Comics. At one point, the studio wanted to make a standalone Sinister Six film, focused on assorted Spider-Man villains, but that plan was shelved after “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” failed to be a global blockbuster, sending Sony back to the drawing board.

Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”) will write the script for the Venom film, with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing the picture.


THR: 'Spider-Man' Spinoff 'Venom' Gets a Release Date
The studio hopes to launch a franchise with Venom.
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Life is Venom Venom is Life Life is Venom Venom is Life

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‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa, Treading On Ridley Scott Terrain, Waterboarding Denzel, Ryan Reynolds’ Growth – Q&A


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Marvel Fans Are Hoping 'Life' Is a Surprise Venom Movie


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‘Life’ Director Addresses Those ‘Venom’ Prequel Rumors
Plus, Daniel Espinosa talks about his love of comic books and Marvel.
STEVE 'FROSTY' WEINTRAUB wrote:A few days ago, a pretty wild fan theory about the upcoming sci-fi thriller Life hit Reddit. Given that the story of the film revolves around astronauts coming into contact with the first extraterrestrial life in space, this Reddit theory asked whether Life was actually a secret Venom origin story. At first I laughed about it. After all, there is no way Sony could make it to almost the opening day of a movie without people knowing what it actually was, and the project was put together by Skydance before Sony even came onboard and Skydance certainly doesn’t own the rights to the Marvel Comics character. But then I remembered only a few weeks ago I sat down to watch M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and was blown away by that film’s ending, which revealed Split to be a secret sequel to another film entirely. Moreover, when I interviewed Life screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick a few years ago, they told me about their version of the Venom script Sony had been developing after Spider-Man 3.

Immediately I emailed Sony for comment. Almost instantly they emailed me back debunking the theory. While personal publicists occasionally won’t tell you the truth about their client, I’ve never had a studio deny something and then find out later it’s true. It’s just not how they operate. So, like I said, when the studio debunked the fan theory outright I was done with it.

But then, almost a day after I asked Sony about that rumor, the studio announces an October 5, 2018 release date for a Venom movie. This was surprising to say the least.

After spending the day at the Life junket in Austin, Texas and talking with all the key people involved, I can tell you with certainty what the studio told me is still true: it’s just a wild fan theory.

But when I sat down with Life director Daniel Espinosa, I still wanted to know what he thought about this crazy theory. Check out what he had to say in the player above. He also talked about his love of comic books, Marvel, and how when he was growing up, being into comics meant something completely different than it is nowadays.

Look for my full interview with Daniel Espinosa in a few days.
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Re: Venom (Now w/ 100% More Bizarre Development News)

Postby TheButcher on Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:04 am

Exclusive: Sony Developing ‘Venom’ as R-Rated Start to Their Own Marvel Universe
And no, these films will not connect to the MCU in any way.
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Re: Venom (Now w/ 100% More Bizarre Development News)

Postby Ribbons on Fri May 19, 2017 10:19 pm

...and all of a sudden I give a shit about this movie:

Tom Hardy to Play Venom
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Re: Venom (Now w/ 100% More Bizarre Development News)

Postby TheButcher on Fri May 19, 2017 11:53 pm

Ribbons wrote:...and all of a sudden I give a shit about this movie:

Tom Hardy to Play Venom


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#TomHardy is #EddieBrock in #Venom!
Al Shut wrote:Qualifies easily as best news I've heard all year



Tom Hardy to Lead ‘Venom’ for Director Ruben Fleischer
Well I can't think of a more terrifying actor to play the part.
DAVE TRUMBORE wrote:Tom Hardy has shrugged off his Bane costume for an alien symbiote if the latest reports regarding Sony’s planned Venom film are to be believed. You’ll remember that Sony is eager to kick off their own shared cinematic universe based on their rights to Spider-Man and 900 some odd characters, dubbed Sony’s Marvel Universe. We now have an idea of what the intended R-rated kick-off to this universe will look like thanks to the news that not only will Hardy star in the title role as Eddie Brock, but that Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) will direct.

The news broke via press release with multiple trades reporting that the Oscar-nominated Hardy and Fleischer are in final negotiations for Venom. This comes as good news considering that Sony has set the picture for an October 5, 2018 release date. And though Sony is working hand-in-hand with Marvel Studios to feature the more familiar wall-crawler in Spider-Man: Homecoming this July 7th, Venom is going to launch the studio’s own ‘verse’ that won’t be connected to the MCU in any way. Production is expected to start this fall.

Hardy, who will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, will undoubtedly fully inhabit the role of Eddie Brock. He’s been known to dive deep into such characters as the psychotic Charles Bronson, the charming Eames from Inception, the damaged veteran/fighter Tommy Conlon in Warrior, and the tough-as-nails Forrest Bondurant in Lawless … and yes, the mumbling terrorist Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Now Hardy makes the shift to the Marvel side of things and will likely enjoy a lot of CG-heavy action on screen as Venom, the counterpart to the relatively mild-mannered Eddie Brock. Plot details remain quiet, however, so it’ll be a while before we figure out how this movie is shaping up, and just what Fleischer will bring to the table.

As for the post-Venom pictures in the Sony Marvel Universe, screenwriter Chris Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) will write the script for a pitch on Spider-Man characters Black Cat and Silver Sable, building on a previous version of the script from Lisa Joy (Westworld); Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal will produce the film previously known as the “secret female spin-off project.”

Scott Rosenberg (Jumanji) and Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower) are writing the script for Venom, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal as producers. Palak Patel and Eric Fineman will oversee the production for Columbia Pictures.
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Re: Venom (Now with Tom F#$king Hardy!?!?)

Postby TheButcher on Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:39 pm

Kevin Feige Says R-Rated Marvel Movies Not Out of the Question; Talks Venom in the MCU
“For now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU. It’s a Sony Project.”
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Re: Venom (Now with Tom F#$king Hardy!?!?)

Postby TheButcher on Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:33 am

Amy Pascal Teases Connection between ‘Venom’ and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’
But not necessarily the MCU. It's complicated...
“Well those movies will all take place in the world that we are now creating for Peter Parker. They’ll be adjuncts to it, it may be different locations but it will still all be in the same world, and they will be connected to each other as well.”

“There’s a chance [that Peter Parker will appear]. There’s always a chance. I think one of the things that Kevin has done with Marvel that was so brilliant is by bringing the fans along and making each movie seem like a chapter in a book, that you have to read that chapter in order to go forward. And I think the investment that the fans get to feel in being a part of a larger story and understanding what’s happening, I think is something that I know Sony would want to emulate.”


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Re: Venom v Carnage: Dawn of Symbiote

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Re: VenomVerse (Now with Tom F#$king Hardy!?!?)

Postby TheButcher on Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:17 am

Variety July 19, 2017:
Spider-Man Cinematic Universe: How Sony Plans to Build on the Success of ‘Homecoming’
Brent Lang wrote:Sony has long dreamed of having a cinematic universe of Marvel characters.

In 2014, the studio planned to have “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” launch a series of spinoff films focused on super-villains such as the Green Goblin, Venom and other members of the Sinister Six. However, those plans were put on ice when the sequel disappointed at the box office.

With the success of “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” a reboot of the series that sends Tom Holland as the wall-crawler back to high school, Sony is revisiting its ambitions to create a Spidey-verse. The new film grossed nearly $260 million worldwide in its opening weekend. Sony has already announced a “Venom” stand-alone film, with Tom Hardy playing the super-villain, and is in preproduction on “Silver & Black,” which will pair Black Cat, a jewel thief, with Silver Sable, a mercenary.

As the studio looks beyond “Homecoming,” Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch has been immersing himself in the “Spider-Man” comic books and boning up on the backstories of Peter Parker’s various costumed adversaries. The studio has licensed the “Spider-Man” comics from Marvel since the early aughts — it’s a pact that includes rights to roughly 900 characters. “With the Sony universe of Marvel characters, our mission is only to do what’s the absolute best for each individual property,” says Panitch. “I just want to honor the original DNA.”

Ever since Marvel showed the potential of interconnected cinematic universes by having Iron Man, Hulk and other characters team up for Avengers missions before spinning off on individual adventures, other studios have scrambled to come up with their own in-house iterations. Results are mixed. DC Comics’ “Justice League” movies have racked up impressive grosses, but others, such as Universal’s Dark Universe franchise of monster stories, have gotten mashed.

Marvel has empowered Kevin Feige to oversee its film output, while Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy calls the shots on the “Star Wars” movies. Sony is going in a different direction. The studio isn’t tasking any single exec or producer with building the web of “Spider-Man” characters. Instead, it wants each picture to have a distinct style. That means the characters might be featured in R-rated outings or in lower-budgeted offerings. 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.”

“I wanted to tell the story of two damaged women who are at war with each other but need each other to survive,” says Prince-Bythewood. She’s been looking at the origins of each character in order to explain how Silver Sable became a killer for hire and why Black Cat is drawn to crime. In both cases, she found that the characters were haunted by the deaths of their parents. “Silver & Black” sounds darker than “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which played like a John Hughes comedy with more spandex. That’s precisely the point, says Panitch.

“Superhero movies have now transcended [the point] where they’re no longer superhero movies per se; they are essentially genre movies,” he says. “It’s not so much that characters have a cape and fly. In “Silver & Black,” these two women are modern and cool. … They may wear costumes, but [they’re] very real and very grounded.”

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.”

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” marked an unprecedented collaboration between Sony and Marvel. For the first time, Marvel didn’t just collect a licensing fee; it produced the picture. The deal enabled Sony to have appearances by the likes of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. In return, Spider-Man was featured in “Captain America: Civil War” and the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War.” Marvel won’t be involved in “Venom” or “Silver & Black,” and Sony is circumspect about whether or not Spider-Man will make an appearance. “If we get lucky enough to make more than one [Venom film] and continue the franchise, there are lots of opportunities,” Panitch says.

Sony is plunging ahead with films featuring Silver Sable, Black Cat and Venom, and promises to make more announcements in the coming months. Fans would love to see Kraven the Hunter, the maniacal big-game hunter who treats Spidey as prey, make it to the big screen. Panitch shares their enthusiasm even as he deflects questions about a stand-alone Kraven adventure.

“He’s an awesome character,” Panitch says. “Let’s just leave it at that.”
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Re: Venom (Now with Tom F#$king Hardy!?!?)

Postby TheButcher on Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:08 am

Deadline October 23, 2017:
‘Venom’: First Photo From ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-Off Starring Tom Hardy Hits The Web
Dino-Ray Ramos wrote:The brand new Venom movie Twitter account posted their first photo with the caption, “Day 1.” Tom Hardy, who stars as the titular supervillain, can be seen clearly in the pic. Considering it’s the first official photo from the production, not much can be gathered from the photo besides the fact that we now have official proof that Hardy is involved. Other than that, not much is happening in the photo. Even so, the pic gathered hype from fans as they left comments of excitement on the post. This may be the first of many teaser pics we see from on Venom Twitter account.

The character of Venom, who is also known as Eddie Brock, was last portrayed on the big screen by Topher Grace in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 in 2007.


Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, and Reid Scott are also attached to star in the comic book spin-off. Ruben Fleischer directs the a script from Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad will produce. The film is set to open October 5, 2018.
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