When Universal parked its own action-packed sequel on Sony’s prized date, the studio had no choice but to blink.
The Venom sequel will now open on Sept. 17, 2021, nearly three months after it had previously been slated for release on June 25. Universal recently parked its own action-packed sequel on that date, forcing a standoff that ended with Sony wisely blinking.
As a result of the move, Sony is also taking its Kevin Hart action movie Man from Toronto off the calendar, as it was initially assigned that Sept. 17 date.
Woody Harrelson actually stars in both films, though Venom: Let There Be Carnage is obviously the higher priority for the studio, seeing as the first film grossed more than $850 million worldwide, officially launching Sony’s own universe of Marvel characters.
Andy Serkis directed the sequel, which sees Tom Hardy return alongside Michelle Williams and Reid Scott, and introduces Naomie Harris and Stephen Graham in addition to Harrelson’s titular villain, aka Cletus Kasady.
Kelly Marcel wrote the script, though Hardy actually shares story credit with her on the sequel, which the two of them also produced with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Amy Pascal and Hutch Parker. Executive producers include Barry Waldman, Jonathan Cavendish, Edward Cheng, Howard Chen and Ruben Fleischer, the latter of whom directed the first Venom movie.
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“I knew that I had to go to a whole other level if I wanted to actually do the fighting and not get hurt.”
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