|Release:||April 12, 2017 (cancelled)|
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Venom is a cancelled 2017 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and was to be directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Ed Solomon. It would have starred Finn Wittrock and Alan Tudyk.
It would have been the second spin-off in the Amazing Spider-Man film series and a follow-up to The Amazing Spider-Man 3. It would have introduced Venom and Carnage into the Amazing Spider-Man saga and how Spider-Man would deal with them. It was to be released on April 12th, 2017.
The finalized version of the film would be released on October 5th, 2018, starring Tom Hardy as the eponymous character and directed by Ruben Fleischer, with no visible connections to the Amazing Spider-Man setting.
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- Finn Wittrock as Eddie Brock/Venom
- Alan Tudyk as Cletus Kasady/Carnage
- Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
- Laura Haddock as Dr. Ashley Kafka
- The film is known for having a very drawn out and difficult production history. Plans for a Venom film were first underway when New Line Cinema bought the film rights in 1995, and hired David S. Goyer as scriptwriter. Much like the released film, Goyer's script excluded Spider-Man entirely (as New Line Cinema didn't have the rights to him), and instead had the symbiote originate from a planet of alien spiders and other symbiotes. Eddy Brock and Cletus Kasady grew up together in an orphanage Kasady burned down and both have a hatred of each other in present day. In present day, Kasady is apprehended by the police with help from Brock, but Brock is confronted by followers of Kasady and is saved by the Venom symbiote, who arrived bonded to an alien spider. Using the spider's DNA, the symbiote bonded to Eddie and they become Venom. Meanwhile, a stronger symbiote called a "Blood Hunter" interrupts Kasady's public execution and bonds with him to become Carnage.
- Goyer's treatment was rejected and eventually the film rights for Venom were obtained by Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures. Venom would appear in Spider-Man 3 (2007), the final film of the previous film series by Sam Raimi, who ironically enough didn't like Venom and didn't want to include him, due to his supposed "lack of humanity" but relented at Avi Arad's insistence at Venom's immense popularity. Topher Grace, of That '70's Show fame, was cast as Eddie Brock/Venom as one of the three villains of the film.
- This version of the film would have been Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut.
- Finn Wittrock and Alan Tudyk were the frontrunners for both Eddie Brock and Cletus Kasady respectively. In the released version by Sony in October 2018, Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson were selected instead as Brock and Kasady.
- Josh Trank, who directed Chronicle (2012), was approached to direct the film, but was instead hired by 20th Century Fox to direct the rebooted Fantastic Four (2015).
- It was said a sequel to this movie would have focused on Carnage as the villainous main character, with Venom and Spider-Man teaming up, joined by Black Cat and Future Spider-Man, against him, borrowing elements from the Maximum Carnage storyline from the comics.