Sony Sets Venom Film Spin-Off

Sony Pictures is moving forward with “Venom,” a potential “Spider-Man” spinoff based on the bad guy seen in “Spider-Man 3” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Jacob Estes (“Mean Creek”) was attached to pen a script draft several years ago, but the studio is now considering going in a different direction and is seeking writers for a new draft.

It’s also unlikely that Topher Grace will return to play the creature. As the beastie comes from a parasite, it’s likely the substance will attach itself to a different character in the film.

Sony is still developing a fourth “Spider-Man” film for release in 2011.