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Josh Trank In Talks to Wrangle Venom
Sony wants the Chronicle director

06 March 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: LA Times

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Josh Trank In Talks to Wrangle Venom

Before found footage superhero thriller Chronicle even touched down in cinemas, there were rumblings that director Josh Trank might be in the frame to tackle 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot. But in a twist worthy of a four-colour comic book page, he is now negotiating to take on an iconic Marvel title, but not at Fox and not the Foursome. He’s been targeted for Venom.

According to the LA Times, Sony has swooped in and begun talks with Trank to take on the nasty, oozing, lizard-like alien symbiotic creature who last (dis)graced screens in 2007’s Spider-Man 3. Back then, it wasn’t exactly Sam Raimi’s favourite character, and got shoved to the sidelines in an overstuffed film with Topher Grace as the unfortunate bloke who becomes infected.

Ever since, the studio has been looking for a way to focus on the freaky, drooling one, who has a hefty fan following, even if most have concerns about whether it can carry an entire film. Jacob Estes wrote the first draft before Zombieland’s Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese were called into re-write that. Then Hunger Games writer/director Gary Ross took a stab at the idea in 2009, pitching Mr Venom as more of an antihero who defends the innocent. That didn’t seem to spark much love, and now we’re back to square one with Sony searching for a new writer.

Right now, it's still hovering in the rumour zone, but if Trank does sign on, there’s a chance he might try to recruit Chronicle co-writer and pal Max Landis, as the pair worked well together last time...


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Rubbish idea!!!!
I'd rather he did the Fantastic Four - or that Marvel would bring him in for the next round of their movies. Or God forbid, that he'd carry in making his own original stuff. More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 18:54 on 07 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Josh Trank In Talks to Wrangle Venom
I really enjoyed Chronicle so it would be interesting to see what they come up with. More

Posted by Discodez at 15:34 on 07 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: An enitre Venom film?
Agree wholeheartedly. The iconic "Venom look" comes from his/its encounter with Spidey. It would therefore be pretty difficult to pull off an origin story (as all comicbook adaptations start off) without some reference to Spiderman 3. Plus this whole idea of a semi-evil hero is pretty hard to pull off. Audiences can't or won't relate to a hero who's taken over by some kind of malevolent force i.e. demon but does good deeds. Just look at Spawn or Ghost Rider (or don't). I think studios More

Posted by Kavandclay at 14:26 on 07 March 2012 | Report This Post

An enitre Venom film?
Don't know if it would work (especially without spidey), could do venom v carnage though More

Posted by Kalielyn at 13:11 on 07 March 2012 | Report This Post

An enitre Venom film?
Don't know if it would work (especially without spidey), could do venom v carnage though More

Posted by Kalielyn at 13:11 on 07 March 2012 | Report This Post

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