Just last month, Tom Hardy was cast as Eddie Brock in Sony's Spider-Man spinoff Venom. Now, OmegaUnderground.com is reporting that the project will start principle photography in both Atlanta and New York City starting on September 1. The report also confirms that Zombieland director Ruben Fletcher, long rumored to be in discussions with Sony, has signed on to helm the film.
Interestingly, the New York City shooting location suggests the film will stay true to Eddie Brock's comic book origin as a failed New York City-based tabloid journalist.
However, at this stage, it remains an open question as to what extent the film will feature Brock's most famous foe, the old wall-crawler himself. Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts has been quite emphatic in the past that Sony’s Venom film is not connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe at all, saying, "I don’t know anything about it. It’s not connected, so there’s not that overlap." Nevertheless, it remains unclear where that leaves the film in relation to a Spider-Man who is now very firmly part of that universe.
Starring Tom Hardy and written by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, Venom is targeted for release on October 5, 2018.