Andy Serkis is dipping more than a toe into the waters of comic-book movie filmmaking as he takes on the task of director for Venom 2.
Serkis, who is best known for his motion-capture work in movie franchises such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Planet of the Apes, has already ventured into the world of comic-book movies with a rare live-action appearance as Ulysses Klaue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beginning with 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and ending with 2018’s Black Panther.
However, now it looks like the actor is ready to solidify his directorial status after smaller movies 2017’s Breathe and 2018’s Mowgli: King of the Jungle where he also portrayed Baloo but unfortunately failed to match the might of Disney and Jon Favreau’s 2016 The Jungle Book due to being relocated to streaming services and limited theatrical release.
But fortunately for the newish director, there is hope for him to prove himself as he takes the reigns of the pioneer movie franchise that is spearheading Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters from Ruben Fleischer who directed the original Venom movie released in 2018 which stars Tom Hardy as reporter Eddie Brock who is bonded with the symbiotic and titular anti-hero known as Venom.
Until now, Serkis has been known for bringing a variety of sci-fi and fantasy characters to life including Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the prequel Hobbit trilogy stretching from 2002 to 2014, as well as redefining the character of Caesar in Rupert Wyatt and Matt Reeves’ Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy from 2011 to 2017 and most recently portraying Supreme Leader Snoke in both Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi from 2015 to 2017.
The decision for Serkis to take on the role of director for Venom 2 was secured by his widely known expertise in motion-capture performance. As a movie that will not only feature Tom Hardy as Venom, but also Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady who is known to bond with the symbiote known as Carnage.
Harrelson previously worked with Andy Serkis in 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes where he portrayed the movie’s main antagonist opposing Serkis’ Caesar who was the movie franchise’s main protagonist.
As well as a now confirmed director, Venom 2 also has Kelly Marcel slated as the movie’s screenwriter while Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal are all credited as producers on the movie.
Venom 2 is one of several movies in development for the future of Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters helmed by Amy Pascal. The next movie scheduled to be released in Sony’s Marvel Universe will be Morbius on July 31, 2020. The movie focussing on the comic-book vampire will star Jared Leto as the titular villain and be directed by Daniel Espinosa.
Along with Tom Hardy as the titular antihero, the first Venom also starred Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Reid Scott and Jenny Slate.
Venom 2 is scheduled for release on October 2, 2020