Ruben Fleischer is finalizing negotiations Venom.
The filmmaker is known for directing comedic projects such as Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, and the new Netflix cannibal series Santa Clarita Diet. But he also directed 2013’s crime drama Gangster Squad starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone.
With a star attached as Eddie Brock and now Fleischer revealed to be directing the project, news is flying fast and furious for Sony’s Venom solo film. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, which also states the film is being fast tracked for a release date on October 5, 2018.
They will not be going off of the Deadpool writing team Rhett Reese’s and Paul Wernick’s script, instead opting for Scott Rosenberg’s and Jeff Pinkner’s version. Amy Pascal, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are attached to produce.
Sony Pictures has been making various franchise plans in the wake of their ill-fated Amazing Spider-Man reboot series from Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield.
They handed the title character over to Marvel Studios for a joint production that is set to be released in July, called Spider-Man: Homecoming. They are also producing an animated Spider-Man film with Miles Morales featured as the main character.
Other than the Venom solo film, rumors have popped up that Sony also wants to make a film centering on the Black Cat and Silver Sable.
Venom last appeared in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 played by Topher Grace. That film was a financial success but panned by fans and critics alike.
Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts, from a screenplay by Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theaters July 7, 2017.
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