Sony Pictures announced today that the newly-titled Venom sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, has been pushed back from an October 2, 2020 release date to June 25, 2021. That is two weeks after Jurassic World: Dominion (June 11, 2021) and two weeks before Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 2, 2021) open in theaters, provided those films keep their dates.
With the subtitle of Let There Be Carnage, we’re expecting Woody Harrelson to have a big role in the sequel, considering he briefly appeared as Cletus Kasady/Carnage in the first film.
Also joining Tom Hardy in the second film are Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, Reid Scott as Dan Lewis, Naomie Harris as Shriek, Stephen Graham, and Sean Delaney.
Kelly Marcel (Disney’s upcoming Cruella, Fifty Shades of Grey) wrote the script for Venom: Let There Be Carnage. 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.
Released in theaters in October of 2018, Venom (buy at Amazon) 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.
The movie grossed $856 million worldwide, with $213.5 million coming from North American theaters and $642.6 million from international markets.
Cinema Blend previously spoke to producer Matt Tolmach, who revealed that the sequel may be rated R following the box office success of Joker. “I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they [did it]!’ We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating.”
He added: “I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed. For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden… So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling.”
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