I'm not sure I buy Venom as a character who can serve as the star of his own film, but I'll give Sony Pictures credit for giving it the college try.
Most recently, the writers of "Zombieland" were the guys charged with cracking the code that would get this spin-off franchise off the ground, and while they were working on their script, Gary Ross was brought in to polish "Spider-Man 4." Sony must like what they see in Ross's work so far, because now they've hired him to rewrite "Venom" and possibly to direct it as well.
Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like a strange fit to me. Ross has always created movies that have a strong humanist bent to them, movies like "Big" and "Pleasantville" and "Seabiscuit" and "Dave." These are warm movies, with an innate sweetness. Before he got stuck in Spidey's web, he was working to develop a Lance Armstrong biopic for Sony, which sounds like the sort of thing I'd expect him to be making. But "Venom"? Really?!
I think the part I'm having trouble with is that Venom is, best-case scenario, an anti-hero. He's a monster. In Marvel's early incarnation of the character, there was nothing good about him, but now, somehow, he's being turned into a character who defends the innocent, according to Variety's report on Ross's hiring.
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