Andy Serkis Officially Set To Direct ‘Venom’ Sequel

It’s official. After rumors and a since-deleted message by Tom Hardy that seemed like a confirmation, Andy Serkis is signed to direct Venom 2. THR confirmed the news, ending a search that saw Serkis on a short list of directors that included Rupert Wyatt and Travis Knight.

Serkis had taken an interest in Hardy’s bonkers performance in the first movie, and will seek to add his motion-capture expertise to what he does in the sequel. This will be Serkis’ third movie behind the camera after directing the excellent drama Breathe, followed by last year’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle which employed a great deal of motion-capture technology.

I wouldn’t be at all shocked if Serkis puts himself in front of the camera, as well, perhaps to play another alien symbiote? Along with Hardy’s Venom it’s expected that we’ll see Serkis’ War for the Planet of the Apes co-star Woody Harrelson as the villain Carnage. Michelle Williams returns as love interest Anne Weying.

Venom 2 has a script by Kelly Marcel and opens October 2nd 2020.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.

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