<i>Chronicle</i> Director Josh Trank in Talks For Sony's <i>Venom</i>

Director Josh Trank, whose low-budget found-footage superpower film Chronicle has grossed nearly $105 million worldwide, is reportedly circling Sony's long-discussed Spider-Man spinoff Venom.

Although the 28-year-old filmmaker had been branded the frontrunner to tackle Fox's Fantastic Four reboot, 24 Frames now contends he's in talks to move into the director's chair left vacant by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games).

Venom has been on Sony's plate since at least 2008, following the character's appearance in Spider-Man 3, in which Topher Grace played alter ego Eddie Brock. Jacob Estes (The Details) and Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Zombieland, Deadpool) have taken cracks at the script, which under Ross transformed the alien parasite into an antihero who becomes a protector of the innocent. However, according to 24 Frames, the studio is looking for a new writer (not to mention a new actor, as Grace won't be returning to the role).

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