Following up on our reports from last week, Andy Serkis is now officially stepping into Venom’s goo.
The filmmaker has closed a deal to direct Venom 2, Sony’s sequel to the 2018 film that grossed $856 million at the global box office. The sequel, part of the company’s stable of Spider-Man related and Marvel-centric characters, will once again star Tom Hardy as the journalist who joins with an alien symbiote.
Serkis flew to Los Angeles the week of July 22 to meet with Sony brass on the project, and was one of several filmmakers in the mix for the job. This will be Serkis’ third directorial effort, after the 2017 drama Breathe and last year’s non-Disney take on the Rudyard Kipling stories, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which ended up on Netflix after being made at Warner Bros.
Sony had no comment, but speaking at the Television Critics Association panel for FX’s miniseries ‘A Christmas Carol’, Serkis said:
“Tom is very involved with the writing with Kelly Marcel of the new story, so it’s very much centred around their take. I’ve got some very clear ideas about the journey I’d like to see visually and how we can take the characters into another dimension.”
Andy adds that Tom Hardy is “very involved” in writing and shaping the script and teased that fans can “hopefully” expect “an extraordinary piece of cinema”. I’m deeply excited to work with Tom Hardy and to work with all the great actors who are involved in it. It’s a fantastic franchise. I’m really honored to have been asked to direct it and it feels like it’s a very contemporary story. I think it’s going to be hopefully an extraordinary piece of cinema.”
The original earned a whopping $856 million at the global box office and Sony is determined to start shooting the follow-up before the end of the year, with the company reportedly hoping to begin production work in November.