gary ross direct venom

Sony isn’t wasting any time with their Spider-Man spin-off, Venom.  A couple of weeks ago, we filled you in on the status of the film’s script which was handed in by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Now, the latest development has the studio looking to Spider-Man 4 writer Gary Ross to rewrite and possibly direct the film.

According to Variety, Sony is in negotiations with Ross to direct the villain’s spin-off, that is scheduled for release in 2011. Ross’s previous directing credits include Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, which I loved! As for his screenwriting capabilities, he wrote the script for the classic coming of age film, Big and 1993′s Dave. More than likely he will work on the script that Reese and Wernick submitted a few weeks back, as opposed to any previous drafts.

For those unlucky few who are hoping that Topher Grace will return as Venom, I don’t think it’s going to happen. He’s going to be too busy fighting alien Predators with Adrien Brody. I do find it convenient that Ross will handle the scripts for both Spidey 4 and Venom, with both films coming out in the same year. Am I the only one who smells a crossover here?

What do you think of Gary Ross directing Venom?