Sony is moving forward with Venom, a potential “Spider-Man” spinoff, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The trade says the studio is developing the project, based on the villain who appeared in Spider-Man 3 and is hoping the character could serve as an antidote to the aging “Spider-Man” franchise in the way that Fox has used Wolverine to add longevity to its “X-Men” franchise.
The studio had commissioned a draft of the script from Jacob Estes (Mean Creek), but the studio is considering going in a different direction from Estes’ script and is seeking writers for a new draft.
Casting also is no simple matter. Topher Grace played the character in the film, but agents have been eyeing the role for their clients, as Sony is not yet convinced the actor can carry a tentpole picture.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that neither Sony nor Marvel would comment for the story.
Sony is also still developing a fourth “Spider-Man” film for 2011.