Pleasantville guy may direct Spidey spinoff Venom

Last time we checked, the writers of the hit Zombieland had turned in a draft for the proposed Venom movie, which aims to rehabilitate the black-ooze alien villain last seen (played by Topher Grace) in Spider-Man 3.

Now comes word, via Variety's Michael Fleming, that Sony's Columbia Pictures may be turning to Gary Ross to rewrite the script and maybe even direct. Ross (writer/director of Seabiscuit and Pleasantville) also reportedly rewrote the script for Sam Raimi's upcoming Spider-Man 4:

I am hearing that the studio is in talks with Ross to helm the Spidey-spinoff Venom, and rewrite the script.

Ross will begin writing the script as soon as he completes the Spider-Man film.

While Venom showed up in the last Spidey installment, the intention is to start from scratch. Topher Grace played him in the last picture but the role will likely be recast.

This is mostly good news, particularly if you liked Pleasantville, which featured Spidey star Tobey Maguire, and if you weren't a big fan of either Spidey 3 (which we weren't) or Grace's interpretation of Eddie Brock/Venom. Grace, in any case, seems to have moved on (to Predators).

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