EXCLUSIVE: Adi Shankar On Short List To Direct Sony’s R-Rated VENOM!
Seems that Sony Pictures is moving pretty quickly with the Venom movie which is now being reported to begin shooting this fall. The Spider-Man spin-off has been billed as an “Action / Horror / Sci-Fi” film.
Some fans may be surprised about the term “Horror” being associated with a comic book movie, but it’s something the world is definitely ready for. In fact, we already got a glimpse of what a scary Eddie Brock/Venom story could look like. Remember that awesomely weird short film called Truth In Journalism that hit the net a few years back? Well, the creepy tone of that short apparently caught the attention of the good folks over at Sony because you’ll never guess who’s on their radar to direct Venom…
If his name doesn’t ring a bell, his work certainly will. Best known as a producer, Adi Shankar has worked on feature films like the fan-favorite Dredd, The Grey and Lone Survivor and he’s independently produced “bootleg” superhero shorts like Dirty Laundry (featuring Thomas Jane’s The Punisher) and the insanely dark Power/Rangers that took the web by storm two years ago. Adi Shankar loves putting a spin on the properties he grew up on, and Truth In Journalism‘s take on the Venom mythos was extremely unique. That’s why we’re hearing he’s on Sony’s radar to direct the R-rated Venom horror movie.
If he gets the job, which I totally think he should, it would be fairly poetic. Shankar seems to be a true fanboy at heart, and so much of his talent has been invested in updating and reinterpreting the characters that mean the most to him. Aside from his aforementioned credits, Shankar produced the James Bond short In Service of Nothing, and he’s also producing Netflix’s live-action Castlevania series.
Fans have been so taken with his re-imaginings of classic mythologies that there was even hope that Saban’s reboot of Power Rangers was going to follow Shankar’s lead. As we know, having seen the movie that was released last week, Lionsgate didn’t pull the trigger on adapting Shankar’s dark take on the material. Sony, on the other hand, may do exactly that with Venom.
Here’s hoping the stars align to make this happen.
For now, here’s everything we know so far about Venom:
- Venom is being created as a R-rated offshoot for Sony’s own Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Scott Rosenberg (Pain & Gain, Jumanji) & Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) will pen the script for the film. Writer Dante Harper wrote a previous draft of the script.
- Sony is ready to have the Venom movie out in theaters by October 5, 2018.
- Sony’s Marvel Universe won’t be associated with the MCU in any capacity and the arranged Venom and Black Cat and Silver Sable movies are all pieces of Sony’s own universe, not spin-offs of any current movies.
- Marvel’s Kevin Feige has nothing to do with these films.
As of this writing, Shankar is merely on the shortlist to direct. We shall have to see how that all plays out, but he definitely seems ready to transition from producer-to-director as he’s making that jump with the upcoming Adi Shankar’s Gods And Secrets.
If he gets the job, would you want him to stick to the look/feel of what we saw in Truth In Journalism? Or would you prefer a fresh, eerie take on the material? Sound off in the Comments below! And don’t forget to share this post with your friends. Let them know who’s on the shortlist to direct Venom! You heard it here first.