Following a years-long development process full of twists and turns, Sony finally managed to put things together for Venom's solo adventure. Earlier this year, Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer was brought on board to direct, Tom Hardy was cast as Eddie Brock, and even Rogue One's Rhiz Ahmed entered talks to co-star in the film.
Overall, the symbiote's movie finally seems to be in great shape, and plenty of fans (including yours truly) keep pinching themselves to make sure they aren't dreaming. With that said, a small detail recently popped up that may concern the antihero's loyal following.
Back in August, Omega Underground reported that Venom was expected to start filming on September 1st. Unfortunately, the production crew was still looking for crew members by late August, which meant a possible delay for the project. Now, OU is reporting that production has indeed been delayed until October 23, to search for more local crew in Atlanta, where production is based. Venom is expected to land in theaters on October 5, 2018, less than a year apart from when the movie starts filming.
This delay and tight schedule may be quite worrying for fans. Firstly, because we haven't heard much from casting aside from #TomHardy, and secondly, because there have been two recent comic book films that have failed to get off the ground time and time again following production delays: The Flash and Gambit. So in case you're wondering whether Venom could end up as those two comic book movies...
Don't Worry, The Murderous Space Goo Is Probably Just Fine
Fortunately for all Venom fans out there eager to see his solo adventure, we're looking at completely different situations between it and what Warner Bros. has got going on with The Flash and Fox has going on with Gambit. When it comes to #Gambit, at first, the movie seemed to be in great shape with Channing Tatum as the card-throwing mutant and Léa Seydoux as Bella Donna Boudreaux. But cracks started to show when production was constantly pushed back, two directors walked out, and Fox couldn't get the project together in time to meet its original release date. Eventually, the film had to be taken off the studio's mutant slate as it went back to the drawing board.
Looking at #TheFlash's situation, the movie was expected to go behind the cameras on March of this year, but the project lost two directors (noticing a pattern here) over creative differences in the span of six months, and numerous script issues were reported to the point where Warner Bros. ordered a page one rewrite. These problems led to the Scarlet Speedster's solo adventure being taken off Warner Bros.' schedule and also getting a complete makeover.
In comparison to those bleak scenarios, we actually haven't heard about any troubles with Venom, its script or directors. Overall, having trouble finding crew members isn't abnormal or concerning at all –– especially in a filming location as busy as Atlanta, which just wrapped Avengers: Infinity War and is currently one of the bases for Avengers 4, as well as TV series like The Walking Dead. So don't worry, #Venom is doing just fine. All this means is that the production is being bumped back until the schedule for the local crew clears up and they can hop over to Sony's project.
Venom is expected to swing into theaters on October 5, 2018, but if you want to get your murderous-goo fix to hold you over for the next year, check out this scene from Spider-Man 3:
Were you worried by this delay in Venom's production? Let me know in the comments!
[Credit: Omega Underground]