Gary Ross to Write and Potentially Direct ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff ‘Venom’

Hopefully with the intent on erasing the events in Spider-Man 3, Gary Ross is writing Venom, Columbia Picture’s spinoff based on one of the villains from Spider-Man 3, as a potential directing vehicle. Ross is already writing Spider-Man 4 for the studio. In the comics, Venom is a gooey alien parasite that bonds with Peter Parker and later his newsroom rival, among other people, becoming one of more popular villains in “Spider-Man’s” rogue gallery. Topher Grace portrayed the character (terribly) in the 2007 movie, which ended with both the human and the alien symbiote apparently destroyed in an explosion (Sam Raimi’s way of saying f*ck you to the character). The studio had no comment on Grace’s involvement (just go away, go away) nor on Ross writing the project.
Spider-Man and Venom

 
Source: Hollywood Reporter