How’s this for progression. Gary Ross, who broke into Hollywood with a screenplay that made a star out of Tom Hanks (Big) is going to rewrite and direct Venom (yah, that guy).
Right now, he’s working on Spider-Man 4. But Sony execs are said to be making him an offer to rewrite and direct Venom, a Spidey spinoff.
Venom, one of the many classic archenemies of the red and blue webslinger in the Marvel Comics series, will be transformed into an antihero who becomes a defender of the innocent.
In Spider-Man 3, Venom (played by Topher Grace) started out as Eddie Brock, Peter Parker’s newspaper rival. He was infected by an alien organism that grafted itself to his skin, Brock has superpowers and strength superior to that of Spider-Man’s.
Grace, who just signed on to star in the upcoming Predators (written and produced by Robert Rodriguez) is not considered likely to reprise the role in the spinoff. As the new film will start over from the drawing board.