Venom blew every expectation out of the world at the box office. Grossing an impressive $856 million on a $100 million budget, it’s no surprise a sequel has been in the works since. While lead star Tom Hardy is expected to return for the next installment as Eddie Brock/Venom, it’s been confirmed that Ruben Fleischer will not return as director. With an empty director’s chair, several are now in contest to take on the role for the sequel. Right now, the three major contenders are Travis Knight, Rupert Wyatt, and, somewhat surprisingly, actor-turned-filmmaker Andy Serkis.
While Travis Knight and Rupert Wyatt have shown critical and box office success with big budget films in the form of Bumblebee and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, respectively, Serkis has had little such luck. His recent attempt, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, was considered mediocre (Currently a 52% on Rotten Tomatoes) and ultimately was sold to Netflix. While Serkis did work as second unit director throughout Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, it still hardly qualifies him beyond his clear experience with motion capture performances which the titular character obviously is composed of.
Still, Serkis has been set to reportedly be in Los Angeles this week for face-to-face meetings with Sony about the possibility while Knight and Wyatt are in the mix as well. Given the success of the first film and the determination to see a sequel of equal success, we’ll most likely hear soon who will take on the task given Sony is reportedly aiming to begin filming the Venom follow-up in November. Stay tuned!