Josh Trank On How He Ended Up Directing VENOM And His Plans For An "Uncomfortable Character Story" - EXCLUSIVE

For a brief time, Chronicle director Josh Trank was attached to helm Venom for Sony Pictures, and he's now talked to us in detail about his love for the character, his plans for the movie, and much more...

Shortly after directing Chronicle, Josh Trank was being courted by just about every major studio in Hollywood. Among the projects he soon found himself linked to was Venom, but as we recently learned, Sony Pictures weren't on board with the R-Rated vision he had for the iconic anti-hero.

Earlier today, we talked to Josh about his new film Capone starring Tom Hardy (which will be available on VOD on Tuesday, May 12), but I had to ask the filmmaker more about what direction he was planning to take Venom in.

He began by explaining how he landed the job, and revealed that he's actually a big fan of Venom and artist Todd McFarlane's interpretation of the character..

"It's funny [Laughs] because that came full circle. When Tom told me he was going to do Venom, I was like, 'I was going to do Venom!' [Laughs]," Trank explains, recalling conversations he had with Capone's star. "That was something I was really excited about. About a month after Chronicle came out, because I was doing all these general meetings with everybody, I met with Amy Pascal and the senior executives at Sony. It was a really cool meeting and Amy Pascal is really sweet and everybody there is really cool. They loved Chronicle and wanted to find a project that made sense, and Amy brought up Venom out of nowhere."

"I'm a huge fan of Todd McFarlane in general and Venom was just a character I've always loved," he continues. "I immediately thought about The Mask. This could be like a really cool synthesis of everything about The Mask that I loved, but infused into the lore of this iconic Marvel character."

From there, things started moving quickly. "We were off to the races, we made a deal for it, and I was really excited. I brought on a very good friend of mine Robert Siegel, who was the writer and director of Big Fan, and he's somebody who was a mentor of mine when I was much younger. He was also the original editor in chief of The Onion, a genius and somebody you would love to talk to. He has a great mind. Something he is great at is tapping into the most uncomfortable sides of a character portrait, but I definitely miscalculated being within the studio system with that kind of aesthetic. I thought this was an opportunity to make something really character-y, uncomfortable, and break ground in terms of having this super nuanced uncomfortable character story with the branding of a massive four quadrant superhero film. We turned in the treatment, and they didn't like it. That kind of says everything, but the irony is that Tom ended up doing it later on."

As for what the director thinks of the Venom movie that ended up finding its way into theaters, he admits to not having had chance to watch it yet, but is enthusiastic about seeing Hardy's take on the character - especially as it relates to what he had planned for Eddie Brock in many ways. 

"I still haven't had the opportunity to see it because I've been working on Capone as the sole editor, and I've been working on my own Tom Hardy movie this whole time and didn't want to have any crossover with what they were doing. The fact Tom and I are so in sync with each other, it makes sense he would go into that using the perfect Jim Carrey as The Mask template type of character for Eddie Brock and Venom. I'm so happy it did as well as it did as it's cool to know everyone loves Tom Hardy for that, and he's one actor out there who's really gonna go there while at the same time having real bona fide potential as an action star. It's so rare."

Despite missing out on Venom, Trank would go on to helm Fantastic Four, and the rest is history. However, he's making a comeback in a big way with Capone, and you'll be able to read our review of the film early next week.

As for Venom, some fans loved it, and some hated it, but this complex take on the character the filmmaker describes sounds legitimately fascinating.

Next week, we'll have more highlights from our interview, focusing on why Hardy was the right choice to play Al Capone and the filmmaker's thoughts on potentially writing, directing and editing all his future projects after Fantastic Four. For now, you can check out the Capone trailer below!
 


 
Once a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Alfonse Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse’s mind and his past becomes present. Harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life. As he spends his final year surrounded by family with the FBI lying in wait, this ailing patriarch struggles to place the memory of the location of millions of dollars he hid away on his property.

PEDA ENTERTAINMENT: Exclusive Interview Part 1 – The New Era of African Comic Books & Movies
Related:

PEDA ENTERTAINMENT: Exclusive Interview Part 1 – The New Era of African Comic Books & Movies

VENOM 3 Finds Director In LET THERE BE CARNAGE Writer/Producer Kelly Marcel
Recommended For You:

VENOM 3 Finds Director In LET THERE BE CARNAGE Writer/Producer Kelly Marcel

DISCLAIMER: This post was submitted by a user who has agreed to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. As a user-generated content platform, Comic Book Movie and Best Little Sites LLC is protected under the DMCA... [MORE]
Related
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE Director Andy Serkis Reveals Why He's Not Returning To Helm VENOM 3
We recently learned that Venom and Venom: Let There Be Carnage writer Kelly Marcel is gearing up to helm Venom 3, and filmmaker Andy Serkis has now revealed why he won't be returning for the threequel.
VENOM 3 Finds Director In LET THERE BE CARNAGE Writer/Producer Kelly Marcel
After working as a writer/producer on the first two movies, Kelly Marcel will be taking the helm of Sony Pictures' upcoming Venom 3...
VENOM Star Tom Hardy Goes Viral After Entering A Jiu-Jitsu Competition And Winning All Of His Matches
Venom and The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy recently went viral after it was revealed that he entered a Jiu-Jitsu competition in England, winning all of his matches!
SHAZAM! Director David F. Sandberg Reveals He Passed On VENOM To Helm The DC Comics Movie
2018's Venom was directed by Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer, but Shazam! director David F. Sandberg has now revealed that he considered taking the helm of that Marvel movie instead. Read on for details...
SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW Star Tatiana Maslany Reveals She Missed Out On Big VENOM Role
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law star Tatiana Maslany has revealed that she was among those considered for the role of Anne Weying in Venom, but missed out on getting to play "the symbiote's girlfriend."

The Best Little Sites Network (BLS)

Action Movie and TV News - AnimeMojo.com
Anime News, Trailers & More - AnimeMojo.com
Superhero News, Videos, Rumors & More - ComicBookMovie.com
Horror News - FearHQ.com
Video Game News, Reviews, Trailers & More - GameFragger.com
Sci-Fi and Fantasy News, Videos, Rumors & More - SFFGazette.com
Cartoon and Animated Film News, Videos, Rumors & More - Toonado.com
Professional Wrestling News, Videos, Rumors & More - TheRingReport.com