Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Gary Ross is writing “Venom,” Columbia’s “Spider-Man” spinoff based on one of the villains from “Spider-Man 3,” as a potential directing vehicle. Ross is already writing “Spider-Man 4” for the studio.
In the comics, Venom is a gooey alien parasite that bonds with Peter Parker and later his newsroom rival, among other people, becoming one of more popular villains in "Spider-Man’s" rogue gallery.
Topher Grace portrayed the character in the 2007 movie, which ended with both the human and the alien symbiote apparently destroyed in an explosion.
The studio had no comment on Grace’s involvement nor on Ross writing the project.
Avi Arad and Marvel are producing the movie. Ross would also produce.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote “Zombieland,” previously worked on the script, as did Jacob Estes.
Ross, repped by CAA, hasn’t directed a movie since 2003’s “Seabiscuit.”
Source: Heat Vision and Superhero Hype!