‘Spider-Man 4′ Screenwriter To Rewrite And Direct ‘Venom’ Movie?

Longtime enemies Spider-Man and Venom are taking the meaning of “symbiosis” quite literally as Gary Ross, the current screenwriter of “Spider-Man 4,” has been hired to take a crack at Peter Parker’s alien-born nemesis.

According to Variety, Ross has been tapped by Columbia Pictures to direct “Venom,” the spin-off based on the popular Marvel Comics villain’s previous appearance in “Spider-Man 3.” Ross will also write a new draft of the screenplay shortly after finishing his work on “Spider-Man 4.”

The previous draft of “Venom” was written by “Zombieland” scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, but when the pair recently spoke with MTV News, they couldn’t share any details on the Marvel project151perhaps due to the impending hand-off to Ross.

It’s already been noted that Ross, an established screenwriter and filmmaker, has collaborated with “Spider-Man” actor Tobey Maguire in the past on “Seabiscuit.” Considering his current work on “Spider-Man 4″ and his upcoming work as writer/director on “Venom,” could Sony be taking a cue from Marvel Studios by establishing its own Spider-Man movie universe? It’s too early to know for sure, but the stars are certainly aligning in that direction.

Another interesting bit revealed in Variety’s article is the brief mention of Topher Grace, who played the vengeful Eddie Brock in the last “Spider-Man” movie, but doesn’t sound likely to return for “Venom.” The role, according to Variety, is likely to be recast, meaning that we could see a brand new Eddie Brock or even an entirely new Venom persona—maybe even Mac Gargan, the current host of the Venom symbiote in comics?

What do you make of Gary Ross’s newfound attachment to “Venom”? Are you interested by the possible connection between the film and the “Spider-Man” franchise, or are you worried that the “Zombieland” writers’ script will be washed away? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!