Spider-Man Spin-Off Venom Begins Shooting
The film starring the Spider-Man villain is has begun filming!
Venom Officially Starts Production!
Cameras are finally rolling on a Venom movie for Sony Pictures. The studio has been trying to get a film based on the symbiote comics character off the ground for years, with Zombieland and Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick writing the first script back in the late 2000s. Directors like Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), Josh Trank (Fantastic Four), and Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy) were attached to take the helm at one time or another, and at one point Venom was part of an ambitious plan that connected to the Andrew Garfield-led Amazing Spider-Man movies. But after that interconnected universe was scrapped Sony went back to the drawing board, and a brand new iteration of the Venom movie was born. Ironically enough, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is at the helm of this Venom movie with Tom Hardy in the lead role playing the character via performance capture. We don’t know much about this R-rated take on the Spider-Man comics character, but it will not include Spider-Man and the villain will reportedly be Carnage which means Venom will take on more of an anti-hero role.
The set photo below doesn’t show Hardy in makeup or costume, but is instead simply a tease of the start of production taking place in New York City. Venom is part of an effort from Sony Pictures to build out its own superhero universe using Spider-Man comics characters who aren’t Spider-Man. This Venom movie and the upcoming Silver & Black will not take place in the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming and its sequel, as those Tom Holland movies are a co-production with Marvel Studios and take place within the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe. So as long as Peter Parker is running around with Iron Man and Captain America, there will be no crossover with Spider-Man himself in these Sony-produced spinoff movies like Venom. At least, not yet.
Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer, written by Kelly Marcel, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg, produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal, and stars Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, and Jenny Slate. The movie is a horror film inspired by the works of John Carpenter and David Cronenberg featuring a dark anti-hero who draws comparisons with the classic monster Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Shooting will take place in Atlanta and New York City. The film opens in theaters on October 5, 2018.