Sony‘s weirdo announcement last week that they were proceeding with a Venom movie without any connection to the present movie Spider-Man left many questions, like how you can have a Venom movie without Spider-Man? But there’s news now to reveal at least part of Sony’s intentions, and you need only look as far as the big bank made by movies like Logan and Deadpool to know what to expect. That’s right, not only is Sony seeing dollar signs in further developing its own insular Spider-Man universe, but they’ve seen what 20th Century Fox has done with their own antiheroes, and they like the looks of all that cash.
According to a report on Collider, Sony is looking to the decidedly adult comic book movie fan with its Venom film saying, “the newly retooled Sony’s Marvel Universe will launch with an R-rated Venom that is expected to keep its budget modest.” That would follow Fox’s recipe with Deadpool, which was made for a relatively small budget of $58 million before going on to make almost $800 million at the worldwide box office. On the one hand it keeps costs for the film low, and on the other it keeps profits high.
Meanwhile, another site called My Entertainment World is reporting that Venom will be an “Action/Horror/Sci-fi” movie, which would suggest a kind of Alien tone to the film, which is apropos for a movie about an alien slime that binds itself to a human host in the form of a superhero suit. Dante Harper (Alien: Covenant) is writing the screenplay while Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce. There’s no word yet on a director or a star for the film.
Venom is currently scheduled for an October 5, 2018 release date.