Sony has found its filmmaker to take on directing duties for the sequel to last year's Venom in the shape of Andy Serkis. Ruben Fleischer helmed the first film, but he's too busy in post-production on Zombieland: Double Tap and Sony want to get the cameras rolling as soon as possible. Travis Knight (Bumblebee), and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) were also in contention for the role. However, Serkis landed the gig which will be his biggest project as a director to date.
Released last October, Venom was greeted with a mixed response from critics, yet audiences felt differently, $856 million worth of differently to be precise. For comparison, Spider-Man Homecoming made $880 million back in 2017, so by all accounts, Venom was a stone-cold hit. Best described as an entertaining mess with a running time so short that it suggests loads of footage was left on the cutting room floor. I can't class myself as a fan of the movie, some of what Tom Hardy was doing worked, a lot of it didn't. That said, I'm keen to see what Serkis can bring to the table, as he knows a thing or two about playing dual roles.
Best known for his masterful work with motion performance bringing characters like Gollum, King Kong, Captain Haddock, and Ceaser from the Plant of the Apes trilogy, Serkis has been making a name for himself behind the camera. Having headed up the second unit team for The Hobbit trilogy, Serkis made his directorial debut with the 2017 drama Breathe starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. His passion project, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, arrived on Netflix late last year which he also starred in as Baloo. Perhaps unfairly overshadowed by Disney's live-action The Jungle Book, Mowgli offers a dark (more faithful) adaptation of Rudyard Kipling book.
Sony is planning on getting filming underway later this year for an October 2020 release.