The Venom project is a big topic here at Moviepilot. Whether it's fanciful idea bouncing with the editorial team or commenting about the future of the Spider-Man franchise, Venom keeps coming up. There have been rumors of a Venom feature ever since (albeit, reluctantly) brought him in for Spider-Man 3 (hey, it wasn't all that bad), and I'm of the opinion that heads might roll if one doesn't eventually happen.
After a long period of silence on the subject, we now have at least a little something to chew on. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the guys who wrote a little gem called Zombieland (which is now getting its own TV show), opened up to Collider about what the hell is going on with their 2008 draft of Venom (in the same interview where they let drop a few crumbs about an R-rated Deadpool). Reese says of their Venom:
[He's] Realistic, grounded, a little more dark take on the character.
Yeah it was definitely kind of dark and soul search-y. We love it and we’re proud of it.
I think that an Eddie Brock-centric, "dark and soul search-y" Venom stand-alone is exactly what we need. After all, Raimi and 's rage-tastic symbiote was fairly coated -- however unintentionally -- with a pretty palpable layer of schlock by the time Eddie Brock bites it along with the black goo (but still, they went there, which gives them some credit in my book).
What I'm very interested in, however, is how the action would be approached, since essentially we get two characters in one with Venom. Wernick touches on this, recalling the pitch they did:
Imagine a symbiote traveling across a city at some point in the movie, jumping from body to body as it goes, and each person that it inhabits ends up becoming really violent and striking someone else and then it jumps to the next person.
I would love to see something like that since it helps retain the basic "otherness" of the symbiote, while also paying due service to its ultimate weakness of dependence on a host.
Since then, a lot has happened around this property. took over the project in 2009 and worked on the script, too. More recently, (Chronicle) has been attached to direct and it's been shuffled back in line as the next project behind the The Fantastic Four reboot for Fox he is also helming. Seeing as Fantastic Four already has a release date of March 6, 2015 and Trank is also working on video game adaptation Shadow of the Colossus, he's got a lot caught up in his web, so to speak. Unfortunately, I'd say don't hold your breath.
Can you really wait that long for Venom?