Venom 2 has a director, and it’s a choice that leaves us hoping for an excessive amount of symbiote action. Andy Serkis has officially confirmed that he’s stepping behind the camera to direct Venom 2, and the motion capture performance specialist is probably the perfect choice for a movie that will hopefully feature multiple symbiotes.
Serkis has directed before, cutting his teeth as the second unit director on The Hobbit films before helming his own projects such as Andrew Garfield/Claire Foy drama Breathe and Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle, Warner Bros’ attempt to capture the magic of the Jungle Book tales. His experience doing motion-capture performances for films like the recent Planet Of The Apes films, King Kong, and of course, his brilliant turn as Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings movies means that maybe, just maybe, we’ll be getting more symbiote action in the sequel. If Sony intends to curate their own corner of the Spider-Man universe, upping the ante here would probably help their case.
Ruben Fleischer directed the first Venom movie, but he’s a bit busy now with Zombieland 2: Double Tap, which recently dropped its first trailer and announced a tie-in video game. Serkis confirmed his appointment as the Venom 2 director with an Instagram post…
Kelly Marcel, who wrote the first film, is writing the sequel. And, of course, we expect Tom Hardy to return as Eddie Brock for Venom 2. Hopefully, Woody Harrelson will also show up in a ridiculous wig to give life to Cletus Kasady, better known as the grotesque red symbiote, Carnage.
After all, the ending of Venom didn’t make it look likely that the villainous Riz Ahmed would return, and the post-credits scene gave us our first tease of Harrelson as Carnage. Plus, Serkis has previous form with Harrelson: they starred opposite each other in War For The Planet Of The Apes.
Venom 2 doesn’t have a release date just yet, but Sony had long ago marked off Oct. 2, 2020 as an “untitled Spider-Man movie.” Considering how well the first Venom movie did with an October release – garnering a strong box office return despite not particularly glowing reviews – it would make sense for them to drop this one there, too.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.