Andy Serkis has closed a deal with Sony Pictures to direct the sequel to “Venom.” In an exclusive by The Hollywood Reporter, it’s reported Serkis met with Sony executives the week of July 22 to discuss the project. Ruben Fleischer‘s “Venom” starred Tom Hardy as failing reporter Eddie Brock, who becomes bonded with an alien entity. The film secured over $213 million at the domestic box office and over $855 million total worldwide. Hardy will be reprising his role for the sequel, which will now see Serkis at the helm. As the story broke, Serkis took to social media to excitingly confirm the news:
“It’s actually happening. I can feel it, the Symbiote has found a host in me, and I’m ready for the ride…Can’t wait.”
Serkis is a longtime champion of motion capturing performances and the tech that goes behind it. His prominent character roles include Gollum in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Ceasar in the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy and as Snoke in the recent “Star Wars” films. More recently, Serkis starred in Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” as the arms-dealing criminal, Ulysses Klaue.
The “Venom” sequel will see the seasoned actor take up his third major directorial feature. His chops behind the camera have been fairly recent. He debuted with his 2017 feature, “Breathe,” the romantic biographical drama starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. His sophomore effort came with the blistering dark take on “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle,” adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s stories. The film was exclusive to Netflix, an executive/marketing choice rather than a creative one. The story of Mowgli featured taut motion capturing performances from Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris and Serkis himself, to name a few.
“Venom 2” is slated for an October 2, 2020 release date. It’s being produced by Sony Pictures, Marvel Entertainment and Pascal Pictures. Serkis is represented by CAA and Principal Entertainment.