Sony Developing 'Venom' Spin-Off From 'Spider-Man' Films

VenomThe good news is Sony is eyeing a "Venom" film based on the crazy cool nemesis of everyone's favorite webslinger. The bad news is...well didn't Venom kind of suck in "Spider-Man 3”? Alright, let's put that aside for the moment and concentrate on the still undeniably cool news. (Click here to read what Venom's creator and writers think of the news.)

Hollywood Reporter says that Sony "is hoping the [Venom] could serve as an antidote to the aging 'Spider-Man' franchise in the way that Fox has used Wolverine to add longevity to its "X-Men" franchise." An intriguing idea to breathe new life into a franchise that desperately needs something, I would say.

But apparently it's an idea that might not do much for Topher Grace's career. Despite starring as Eddie Brock/Venom in "Spider-Man 3," the studio is said to be considering other options. States the paper, "Casting also is no simple matter. Topher Grace played the character in the film, but agents have been eyeing the role for their clients, as Sony is not yet convinced the actor can carry a tentpole picture."

"Mean Creek" writer Jacob Estes had been commisioned to write a "Venom" script for the studio apparently but now "the studio is considering going in a different direction from Estes' script and is seeking writers for a new draft."

What do you think? Can Venom sustain a film all on his own? Should Spidey make a cameo? And should Topher return? It's your turn.