Apologies to Topher Grace, but some recent rumblings at Sony mean that notorious symbiote Venom may finally get some true cinematic justice. With Spider-Man officially set to dive into a sadly Donald Gloverless reboot, Sony has decided to give a long-awaited Venom spin-off some proper attention. Though details are relatively scarce so far, the Hollywood Reporter has learned that Sony has already tapped a writer and a pair of familiar producers for the project.
Dante Harper has been hired to put together a script, with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach attached to “produce and oversee” the production. According to THR, the spin-off—which currently has no cast or director—will exist in a universe not related to the forthcoming Tom Holland-starring Spider-Man reboot.
As experts on the Spider-Man franchise's source material will note, Venom has taken many forms throughout his decades of existence. Though we can presume the aforementioned Topher Grace will not reprise his Spider-Man 3 role to appear in the spin-off, additional details regarding exactly which take on Venom the studio will take for this project remains to be seen. Of course, Grace is too busy giving us lost Seinfeld episodes anyway.
As for that Donald Gloverless Spider-Man reboot, it will thankfully not be another origin story. "I think that everybody feels like, you know, he got bit by a spider and you know Uncle Ben died," screenwriter Jonathan Goldstein told Grantland (RIP) in August. "We probably don't need to revisit that."