'Venom' Production Is Pushed Back

Production on the upcoming 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' spin-off gets delayed until late October.

AceShowbiz - Production on "Venom (2018)" has been pushed back. Omega Underground is the first to report the news, stating that production on Sony Pictures' upcoming "Spider-Man: Homecoming" spin-off has been delayed until late October.

The film was supposed to start production on September 1, with its filming set in New York and Atlanta. While it is not clear what led to the delay, the lack of available crew in Atlanta is believed to play a factor as there are currently several big-budget blockbusters filming in the area, including Marvel's "Avengers 4". Production start date is now set for October 23.

The delay is not expected to affect the film's panned October 5, 2018 U.S. released date. Serving behind the lens for "Venom" will be Ruben Fleisher ("Zombieland"). The script is provided by "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" scribes Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Plot details are still kept under tight wraps as of now.

Tom Hardy is set to play Eddie Brock in the upcoming film. In addition to Hardy, Riz Ahmed ("The Night Of", "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story") is said to be in negotiations to play a "popular Marvel Comics character," though details about the character remain under wraps.

The film is being produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach along with Amy Pascal. Back in June, Pascal revealed whether "Venom" would be part of the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Here's what we're doing: all these characters are a part of the Marvel comic book universe," she said at the time.

The "Spider-Man: Homecoming" producer explained, "In that universe, they are all related to each other. Kevin [Feige] makes characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These characters are separate, except for Spidey, who belongs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is why he's there."

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