The sequel is clearly a priority for the studio, eager to strike while the iron is burning hot and fan interest is high.
It has been officially announced that Andy Serkis is directing the sequel to 'Venom'. The original 'Venom' movie released last year and proved to be a massive box office hit despite all those negative reviews from critics. Tom Hardy starred in the role of Eddie Brock, Venom earned a whopping $856 million worldwide against a production budget of only $100 million and it was ensured that followup to the movie will be made.
Sony production was extremely confident in what they had even before Venom premiered, as they included a post-credits stinger featuring blatant sequel setup with Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady. Even after 'Venom' saw incredible success at the box office, the sequel saw a change in the creative team. Director Ruben Fleischer is not returning, as evidenced by reports in late July, and it was confirmed that Sony is replacing the director.
BREAKING: Andy Serkis officially closes a deal to DIRECT Sony’s highly anticipated sequel to #Venom!— DR Movie News 🎥 (@DRMovieNews1) 5 August 2019
He will be taking over from Ruben Fleischer, who directed the first film. Tom Hardy is set to reprise the title role... pic.twitter.com/TXmC99HDjr
One of those names, interestingly enough, was Andy Serkis and Tom Hardy even teased the news of hiring on social media, and now it's official. Serkis is directing Venom 2. The news was broken by The Hollywood Reporter, and they also reported that Serkis met with Sony on July 22 to discuss the film. This movie will be Serkis' career, following Breathe and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. The director has also made an official announcement on his official Twitter account.
Serkis is definitely known for his various motion-capture performance roles in massive blockbusters like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the rebooted Planet of the Apes series, and the first two installments of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. While he keeps adding big names on his acting resume, Serkis is also expanding his horizons by trying his hand at directing. While his previous stints with directing did not earn critical acclaim, Serkis demonstrated a lot of promise behind the camera, whether it be getting fine performances out of his actors or handling big-scale visual effects.
Let's hope that he will be able to hit a home run with Venom 2, which reads as a natural evolution of his developing career as a helmsman and it will be definitely fun to see what he can do with the Eddie/Venom dynamic and how he stages scenes of Eddie "Golluming." The sequel is clearly a priority for the studio, eager to strike while the iron is burning hot and fan interest is high.