You can’t keep a good villain down.
Sony’s Columbia Pictures label has dusted off plans for a Venom movie, hiring Dante Harper to write a new screenplay centering on Spider-Man’s toothy, black-clad nemesis, EW has confirmed.
Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the latest incarnation of Venom is envisioned as the basis of a new franchise unrelated to Sony and Marvel’s 2017 Spider-Man reboot starring Tom Holland.
Arad and Tolmach were previously part of Sony’s brain trust developing an aggressive slate of films spun off from The Amazing Spider-Man, including Venom and Sinister Six installments, but those plans were mothballed in 2014 after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 underperformed at the box office.
Plot details for Venom are being kept under wraps, but the character’s defining traits are well known to comic book aficionados: Originally introduced as a bad guy but frequently portrayed as an antihero, Venom is an alien symbiote who needs a human host to survive, in return granting them powers rivaling (often surpassing) Spider-Man’s own. (Topher Grace portrayed Venom in 2007’s Spider-Man 3.)
Harper was the first writer on the Tom Cruise sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow, back when it was known as All You Need Is Kill. His script landed on the 2010 Black List of hot unproduced projects.
Sony is also developing a separate animated Spider-Man movie with Lego Movie masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller, due in December 2018.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the Venom news.