Sony Pictures has signed on Andy Serkis to helm Venom 2, the sequel to the anti-hero box-office hit from 2018. The actor confirmed the news on Social Media.
Venom, directed by Ruben Fleischer, was a solid and quite unexpected hit for Sony raking in over USD850 million at the global box-office. The film based on the character from Spider-Man was largely a villain who eventually became an anti-hero.
Fans will no doubt be keen to see what transpires in the sequel, which will see Tom Hardy return as the titular character. The end of Venom also teased a continuation of sorts with the introduction of Carnage (Woody Harrelson). One wonders if Serkis will follow through with that hook once he slips into the director’s seat to begin production of the film.
Serkis has notched up and impressive career starring in a number of motion-capture roles such as Caesar in Planet of the Apes and Gollum in Lord of the Rings. He has also dabbled quite a fair bit in superhero films with his role as Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Black Panther.
He has also made a pretty successful transition behind the camera, directing films such as Breathe and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.
Venom 2 hasn’t been given a release date.