Following $ 856.1 million in radius Poison, unsurprisingly, Sony is uploading a sequel, with star Tom Hardy, but without director Ruben Fleischer. Reportedly, the studio met with master Andy Serkis, who captured the performance, regarding the passage behind the camera. However, according to Variety, he is only one of the directorial candidates, along with Travis Knight (bumblebee) and Rupert Wyatt (The dawn of the planet of the apes).
Not taking anything away from Knight and Wyatt, both proven talents, but Venom 2 should be placed in the hands of Serkis. The more you think about it, the more it looks like a game made in paradise.
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Serkis' work in motion capture has been praised by critics. His interpretation of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy e The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey made it a virtual family name. However, it was his interpretation of Caesar in the reboot Planet of the Apes trilogy that established him as a master of his trade. Serkis brought a soul to the CGI character and played an important role in redefining what is possible in the film.
It is his ability to connect and transform these computer-generated characters that led him to become the ideal person for acquiring performance. Now, imagine what it could do with the likes of Venom and Carnage.
Poison It featured a number of decent special effects and motion capture, but there is much more that can be done with symbionts. While Serkis may not act Venom 2, his guidance and knowledge of the art is essential to elevate the film to the next level.
In terms of directing skills, Serkis has acted as a second unit director in the last two Hobbit film and has directed two productions alone. While his directorial record is not as expansive as Fleischer, Knight or Wyatt, his work on Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle proves to have a talent for dark and violent tones, as well as managing a superstar cast.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle it has not exactly impressed the critics or the public, but is much closer to the original tone of Rudyard Kipling All the stories of Mowgli compared to Disney movies. This shows that Serkis is a student of his projects and is not afraid to immerse himself in the leanest and dirtiest stories rather than wandering along the surface.
Surprisingly, Serkis managed to do it in the realm of PG-13, with the same expected evaluation of Venom 2. While the story between Carnage and Venom is extremely violent and bloody, the film will not be classified as R (according to producer Avi Arad), and it is not necessary. Having faced monsters of all varieties in his previous films, Serki will surely understand how to deal with someone like Cletus Kasady / Carnage within the limits of a more general assessment.
With Sony observing a production start date of November 2019 for Venom 2, an announcement about the director is imminent. Let's hope it's Serkis who nods over the others, as it could bring out something sensational here.
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