The upcoming third entry in the Venom series has found its director, with screenwriter Kelly Marcel set to helm the third film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Marcel, who has worked with actor Tom Hardy before on the 2008 film Bronson, was actually one of the writers on 2018’s Venom, and then went on to write the screenplay for the sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Now, she’ll be placed behind the camera, with Venom 3 marking her directorial debut.
According to the report, Marcel will also continue writing duties for the third film, which she’ll write alongside Hardy once again. The film will be produced by Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal, and Hutch Parker.
Following its theatrical release on October 1, Venom: Let There Be Carnage broke pandemic box office records by becoming 2021’s second highest-grossing film in the U.S. with a domestic gross of over $200 million and a worldwide gross of over $480 million.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage was directed by Andy Serkis from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel, based on a story by Tom Hardy and Marcel. It featured the return of the Oscar-nominated actor as the titular lethal protector.
The sequel also starred returning cast members, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, and Peggy Lu. It featured the introduction of Woody Harrelson as the maniacal serial killer Cletus Kasady/Carnage, Naomie Harris as Frances Barrison/Shriek, and Stephen Graham as Detective Mulligan.