Mowgli: Legend of The Jungle director Andy Serkis is now reportedly in the mix to take the reigns on Sony Pictures’ Venom 2 according to TheHollywoodReporter.
Andy Serkis is in the mix to tackle Sony’s Venom sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
But Serkis, who is known for his critically acclaimed and beloved work in the motion capture space as well as a turn as a villain in Black Panther, is not up for acting work in the project. Rather, he is being looked at as a potential director for the sequel to the 2018 hit that starred Tom Hardy as a journalist who joins with an alien symbiote.
They also add that filming could begin as early as November, which would suggest they have some sort of script from screenwriter Kelly Marcel.
Sony wants the project before cameras in November.
This news would yet again confirm that Sony Pictures plans on moving away from Venom’s Ruben Fleischer and are now seeking a new director.
Serkis’ main asset would be his extensive experience with motion capture and special effects, as both Venom and Woody Harrelson’s Carnage would need a lot of well-crafted effects to work and to be taken seriously. Even more so when there is an expectation of larger action sequences with Carnage possibly destroying the city.
Venom 2 is without a release date at this stage, but fall 2020 is a good bet to make.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER