19 May, 2017
Sony already has a release date locked in for October 5, 2018, so it's no surprise we'd be hearing about casting and production news about now-ish.
This is obviously a major get for Sony, which views Venom as the kickoff to a major web of interconnected movies.
There are no plot details but Tom Hardy will play Eddie Brock, the character who first became Venom. The film will be directed by Ruben Fleischer, whose credits include Zombieland and, most recently, episodes of the Drew Barrymore comedy Santa Clarita Diet.
A Venom movie has been long in development hell, since the negatively received appearance of the character in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 in 2007. Hardy, best known for his roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception, will be portraying Eddie Brock a.k.a. the iconic Spider-Man villain. Variety has reported that the Dunkirk actor has signed on to star as the titular anti-hero/villain in Sony's Venom, a standalone film built around the character. The script was written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2).
Hollywood Reporter announced that the Venom movie is not a spin-off of the Marvel Spider-Man movie, it's actually the first movie after Spider-Man from its Marvel Universe of characters.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing along with Amy Pascal. Because of the two different studios collaborating in creating these new Spider-Man films, it is unclear yet whether we will see Hardy's Venom encounter Tom Holland's Spider-Man in the future. The symbiote originally attaches himself to Spider-Man, but when Peter Parker realizes how its affecting him, he separates himself from the creature.
This isn't the only villain-centric Spidey-verse film in the making.