Sony is barreling ahead with a whole slew of animated and live-action movies related to, but not including, Spider-Man, and they’ve just added another one. So far, the studio has Jared Leto‘s vampire vehicle, Morbius, in post-production; sequels to Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in production; a live-action Silver Sable and Black Cat movie from director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights) being written (or re-written); live-action adaptations of the female spider-characters Silk and Madame Web in development; and an animated spin-off of Into the Spider-Verse focusing on Spider-Gwen and Spider-Woman also in development.
If that’s not already a pretty heavy slate (and we’re not even counting Sony’s Spider-Man 3 co-production with Marvel) it’s now been announced that Roberto Orci will write a movie taking place in Sony’s “Spider-Verse” about an unnamed Spider-Man character or characters. Orci has a solid franchise background, with credits that include two Transformers movies, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible III, and he’s already dipped his toes in a previous Spider-Verse movie as a co-writer of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. There are no other details at this time, but it’s been speculated that Nightwatch — about a super-villain who rewrites reality to make himself a hero — might be the character Orci is adapting for the screen.
And, speaking of Venom 2, franchise star Tom Hardy‘s set pics from the sequel have been removed from his Instagram account, but new, “official,” behind-the-scenes photos have been released courtesy of photographer Greg Williams. The photos don’t reveal much — other than Woody Harrelson’s new haircut as Cletus Kasady — but it does appear that they’re having a lot of fun on set.
Andy Serkis is currently directing the sequel, taking over duties from Ruben Fleischer, who directed the original. Venom co-writer Kelly Marcel wrote the script fro the sequel. Michelle Williams and Reid Scott reprise their roles from the first movie, with Naomie Harris joining the cast as Frances Barrison, Kasady’s love interest in the comics who also happens to be a supervillain named Shriek.
The as-yet-untitled Venom sequel tears into theaters on October 2nd.
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