There are just so many hours in the day.
With the commercial success of last year’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage, horror fans may have expected Andy Serkis to return to the director’s chair for the third entry in the film franchise. Not so fast.
As reported here in Horror News Network, Kelly Marcel–who wrote and produced the first two Venom features for Sony Pictures–has taken over the reins for the upcoming film. Marcel will also co-produce the movie and write the screenplay from a story she and star Tom Hardy hatched. So, the question remains: Why not Serkis?
As it turns out, the drama-free answer is very simple: The man is just too busy.
Serkis told Slash Film that he “had a ball doing (the sequel). I felt very proud of the work. To be custodian of that franchise for a little while was great.”
But, Serkis added, “I’ve got so many projects that I was about to work on–Animal Farm, for instance. We were just about to go into production with that. I really have to be on top of the ones I’ve been building to do for such a long time.”
Serkis said he’s “delighted that Kelly’s doing (Venom 3). She’s so in control of that material with Tom. The pair of them are such a great team to work with. I’m really excited to see what they’re going to come up with.”
All that is known about the next Venom is that Hardy will star as Eddie Brock and the titular symbiote. Plot details, other casting choices and a release window are all unclear at this point.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage saw Brock in conflict with serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson) after he becomes the host of another symbiote, Carnage. The sequel raked in more than $500 million worldwide on a $110-million budget.
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on the next Venom installment.