Spider-Man Spin-Off “Venom” Gets Revived

Years ago, Sony Pictures attempted to make a spin-off of its “Spider-Man” film franchise focusing on Venom – the extraterrestrial symbiote who became a major villain in the third of the Sam Raimi films.

The project remained in development for some time and looked to be potentially gaining traction until the release of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” effectively scuttled those hopes, Spider-Man being recast and now incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Now though, THR says the project has come back to life – only this time its “Spider-Man” connection has been cut. Dante Harper (“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” “Edge of Tomorrow”) will reportedly pen the script for “Venom” which will be a potential franchise launcher that Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce.

More importantly it’s a standalone that is “completely apart from and unrelated” to the upcoming “Spider-Man” reboot starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker. It also has no part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (“Deadpool”) along with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) both previously took shots at the script, while the likes of Gary Ross and Josh Trank were attached to direct at different points.

No production start date or potential release date has been announced.