Sony is prepping its own little Marvel universe starting with Ruben Fleischer’s upcoming Venom picture starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. That film would be the beginning of a new cinematic universe, aimed for an R-rating as Sony explores a darker tone with Spider-Man characters.
The second movie that would be part of this universe would be the Silver Sable/Black Cat film Silver & Black from Gina Prince-Bythewood (who helmed the Cloak and Dagger pilot which is set to premiere on Thursday, June 7 on Freeform) for a 2019 release. While we’ve had little updates about the project, Deadline Hollywood revealed today that the movie has officially been taken off the release schedule by Sony.
While the movie isn’t being canceled by the studio, Sony is putting it back into redevelopment. With that comes a re-write of the script that was previously penned by Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel), so a search for a new writer is ongoing. According to Deadline’s report, Sony is dedicated to delivering the best version of this film as possible. It wouldn’t shock us if the studio wants to wait and see how Venom is received so they can better determine how to make future spin-offs work.
This isn’t the only Spider-Man related project that is in the works at Sony. A Morbius the Living Vampire film is in development that would feature the iconic Spidey villain for the first time in live-action. According to That Hashtag Show, the film is described as a “horror action story of a scientist who, in trying to find a cure for a rare blood disease, accidentally transformed himself into a living vampire who, though disgusted by his own bloodlust, chooses to prey upon criminals he deems unworthy of life.”
Ruben Fleischer’s Venom, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, and Reid Scott, is set to hit theaters on October 5.
Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, starring Shameik Moore as Miles Morales a.k.a. Spider-Man, Mahershala Ali as Aaron Davis a.k.a. Prowler, Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson Davis and Liev Schreiber, hits theaters on December 14.