By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures, Variety
The second the credits began to roll in Spider-Man 3 I thought two things. One, Venom had been cheated and, two, the film was easily the worst of the trilogy. Now, with Columbia Pictures getting all hyped up about the Spider-Man franchise once again, it looks like Venom will be given a second shot also; but with his own film.
Venom Spin-Off Coming
Back in February of 2008 we questioned if it were plausible that Venom would get his own film and, with the era of spin-offs upon us, Columbia Pictures has now given the project some serious commitment. Gray Ross plans to follow his Spider-Man 4 script rewrite with taking over the Venom project. The direction of the film will make Venom the anti-hero who eventually becomes a defender of the innocent. In Spider-Man 3 you might remember that Venom, when around, was always looking for vengeance on Peter Parker.
If you already heard the news that Disney bought the Marvel library for $4 billion, then you can then assume that the increased attention to the Venom spin-off by Columbia has a lot to do with the heightened possibility that one day they won't own the Spider-Man franchise. And another reason while Spider-Man is being given an entire new trilogy rather than a single sequel.
Jamie Vanderbilt, who wrote the original draft of Spider-Man 4, is currently writing the fifth and sixth installments.