One of the more unusual hirings in recent weeks was the surprise news that Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson, coming off the high of Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” is now bringing his skills to the “Venom” sequel at Sony Pictures.
Andy Serkis will helm the project, Serkis’ third time behind the camera, and Richardson previously worked with Serkis on his directing debut “Breathe”. Richardson does seem to have a need to do a superhero film, revealing not long before his “Venom 2” hiring broke that he was linked to “The Batman” back when Ben Affleck was intending to film it.
Recently Collider got a chance to speak with Richardson at length about his work and during the course of our conversation he spoke about why he signed on for “Venom 2” and further exploring the possibilities of the title character with Tom Hardy:
“I’d seen the film. I watched it again, then they sent me a script and I felt like, yeah, I would say yes anyway to Andy just because I would say yes to Andy, but I also think it’s a great… I think it’s unexplored yet, and it’s going to explode, and this film, I think, will help it explode, because you have a remarkable central character with Venom, but now you’ve got Woody Harrelson, who’s going to obviously make his own little entrance here, and we’ll see what else comes in with the Sony Marvel collaboration. I look forward to it. It’s a massive change for me, but I’m excited. I think Hardy is one of our best. He never misses. I so look forward to sitting with him and watching him perform.”
They also asked Richardson if the “Venom” sequel’s look will be a different aesthetic to that Matthew Libatique pulled off in the first movie:
“That actually hasn’t been determined in a lot of ways, but I do think that you have to honor what Matty did – you can’t not. We’re going to use locations that are already established. They’re going to be lit in what I hope is exactly the same way, so that you don’t feel that there’s a disconnect from that film to this film.
In terms of the rest, that’s yet to be discussed because I haven’t yet sat with Andy in London. He’s over there now. I don’t go until the beginning of September. I’m in the process of getting my visa, and then when I go over that will become my life – with VFX, with storyboards, with, we get more into, ‘Well, how do we think we’re going to make this look?'”
The “Venom” sequel is moving ahead quickly with an October 2020 date presently targeted (though will likely change).