After grossing than $850 million at the global box office, it's no surprise that Sony Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to Venom. Earlier this year, it was reported that Venom co-writer and executive producer Kelly Marcel is returning to write and executive produce the sequel, and now Andy Serkis has been revealed as the director of the follow-up film.
The news of Serkis directing the Venom sequel comes from The Hollywood Reporter. While many know Serkis as Ulysses Klaue from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as one of the best motion-capture performers in cinema history from his roles as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes film, he also has prior experience in the director's chair, having helmed Breathe, The Ruins of Empires, and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.
While Sony has yet to comment on the news, Serkis confirmed his involvement with the Venom sequel in a post on Instagram (see below).
2018's Venom was directed by Ruben Fleischer, who has Zombieland: Double Tap coming out later this year.
As previously reported by Variety, Tom Hardy will return as Eddie Brock, a persistent reporter who makes a transformative connection with an alien symbiote with a hunger for human heads in the first movie. Hardy is expected to be joined in the sequel by returning co-star Michelle Williams (as Brock's ex-fiancée Anne Weying) and Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, a ruthless and downright deadly villain from the pages of Marvel Comics.
The Venom sequel could come out on October 2nd, 2020, as according to Variety, Sony Pictures previously reserved that slot for an untitled "Sony-Marvel" sequel, but Sony has yet to confirm an official release date. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed.