Andy Serkis met with Sony Pictures this week about directing the Venom sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Serkis, who would not act in the film, is reportedly one of several filmmakers in the mix as the studio decides who should take on the sequel to the 2018 release that grossed an impressive $856 million worldwide.
UPDATE: Variety is reporting that Travis Knight (Bumblebee) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) have met with the studio as well.
Andy Serkis previously directed Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle and Breathe. He also served as second unit director on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit films. He is, of course, known as well for his extensive performance capture and voice work in such films as The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, King Kong, the Planet of the Apes films, and Star Wars pics The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. He’s also played Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Black Panther.
Ruben Fleischer directed the first movie but is not returning for the sequel. Fleischer’s next film is Sony’s Zombieland: Double Tap, which opens in theaters on October 18, 2019.
Tom Hardy is set to return as the title character in the Venom sequel, while Michelle Williams will be back as Anne Weying and Woody Harrelson will return as Cletus Kasady/Carnage.
Kelly Marcel (Disney’s upcoming Cruella, Fifty Shades of Grey) wrote the script. Marcel, who will also executive produce the movie, was one of the screenwriters on the first film. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal will produce again.
Sony Pictures reportedly wants to start filming the sequel in November.
Venom tells the evolution story of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass character. Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a broken man after he loses everything including his job and fiancee. Just when his life is at its lowest, he becomes host to an alien symbiote which results in extraordinary superpowers – transforming him into Venom.