Two writers have been singled out to create a slobbery faced Venom spin off. My stance is pretty simple: no Topher, no thanks.
Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese told reporters they've been selected to write that Venom script. Although they weren't able to say much about it, they also rushed to reassure fans that they're not going to screw the symbiote with this one:
We read [Venom] growing up, but we were not experts," Reese said. "We certainly know the mythology of Venom, but went back and learned more when it became clear that we could actually get this job...It's source material that everybody knows and everybody's familiar with and everybody loves. There's a burden on you to meet the expectations of people. A lot of people are curious about Venom."
I've always been under the impression that Venom is a love 'em or hate 'em character, so I'm really curious as to how they're going to pull this off. Plus, in order to really sell this movie to the main stream masses you know the studio is going to go after a bigger "tent pole" actor to leverage the cost it will take to make and market the action flick. We've tried to cast Venom before, but let me state for the record that I adored Topher Grace in the "let's never speak of this again" Spider-Man 3 movie. I would be very happy if they kept Grace, but I also liked the idea of James McAvoy. Still, the studio may need to go after someone bigger (muscle and reputation wise). [Sci Fi Wire]