Get ready, Venom fans. Venom 2 has officially found its director, the king of the green screen himself, Andy Serkis.
The first Venom received mixed reactions from fans and critics alike, but it brought enough people into the theater to earn it a sequel. And while the details are still sparse on Venom 2, we do officially know who will be directing the latest adventure with our favorite reporter/symbiote host: Andy Serkis.
As Variety reports, Serkis has officially boarded the film. Reports started going out on August 5 that Serkis would captain the director’s chair in Venom 2, and the actor and director took to social media himself to confirm the new gig.
— Andy Serkis (@andyserkis) August 5, 2019
The director of the first Venom, Ruben Fleischer, was unable to return to the franchise due to his work on Zombieland: Double Tap. Serkis was among a rather large pool of directors who were considered for the sequel, including Bumblebee director Travis Knight and Ruper Wyatt, who helmed Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which starred Serkis, incidentally).
Serkis’ appointment to director of a major franchise is a pretty big deal. Though he’s no industry newbie, his list of directorial credits isn’t terribly long. His last, big directorial work was for Mowgli, the live-action Jungle Book movie based on the Rudyard Kipling book.
However, despite not having zillions of titles under his directorial belt, it makes perfect sense for Venom 2 to snag Serkis. There are some pretty unique challenges working with a creature that will only reach its final form on the big screen, and if anyone can understand and help the cast and crew best bring a story to life with characters that will only look good with CGI, it’s Andy Serkis.
Though Serkis has had a long acting career, he is best known for his work as popular CGI characters like Gollum from Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit trilogy) and Caesar from the Planet of the Apes franchise. So Serkis will be a great addition to the movie as he has a great directorial eye and can understand the actors’ side of the CGI struggle as well.
We can’t wait to see what Serkis brings to the table, and what adventures await us in Venom 2. There isn’t an official release date for the film yet, but it is assumed Sony’s announcement of a Marvel sequel in October of 2020 is for this movie.