We saw the infamous comic-book villain Venom in Sam Raimi's "Spiderman 3". Many fans felt like Raimi's version of the famed character, as portrayed by Topher Grace, was a bit lackluster, to put it kindly. Ever since then, we've hoped we would see a standalone "Venom" movie and several years ago, it looked like Sony was going to make that happen.
Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired to pen the script and Sony was working on locking a director. Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games") was being looked at and then Josh Trank ("Chronicle"). We then heard rumors of delays and then the project seemed to disappear altogether.
We learned yesterday from David Goyer how the "Man of Steel" project came about, which was very interesting. In the same theme, Reese and Wernick recently shared what happened with their "Venom" script and how what they had in mind, will not come to fruition.
"We did [write a draft]. A long time ago, and it likely will not become a movie in that form. Too many things have happened in between now and then and different people have been involved, and it’s just likely not to happen in the form that we wrote it unfortunately."
On the portrayal of the character, they elaborated with how they made Venom come to life on paper:
Reese: "[The script was] realistic, grounded, a little more dark take on the character."
Wernick: Yeah it was definitely kind of dark and soul search-y. We love it and we’re proud of it."
Reese: Eddie Brock was a conflicted character, and so I don’t think it could’ve been Peter Parker."
Wernick: I think we felt like we got pretty close, I mean no script ends perfectly—"
Reese: "Except Deadpool. We nailed Deadpool."
Wernick: "(laughs) Deadpool is the one we really did nail more than any other. That’s our favorite script. But Venom I thought we got darn close."
As we are learning with "Deadpool" and many other Rated R comic-book films these days, they are a lot harder for studios to get behind since it closes out a large amount of their target audience. But the comic-book movie phenomenon continues to gain momentum, so if the popularity continues, maybe the value of making these more difficult adaptations will be too great to ignore.
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