Despite the fact that the ‘R’ rated Logan and especially the two Deadpool films were box office hits, it seems that Sony have been getting cold feet about Venom, meaning that we may not see the character committing all that graphic mayhem after all. The possibility of this being Sony’s plan was hidden in a recent article over on ‘Variety’ which says:
It’s unlikely that Venom will be the first R-rated Sony Marvel movie. Trailers for the film, which recently underwent reshoots in Los Angeles after shooting in Georgia, emphasized the horror movie elements, showing the title character as he’s about to bite a person’s head off. But some members of Sony’s brain trust believe that the film should push the very limits of PG-13 without crossing over into a higher rating. The feeling is that will give the studio greater leeway for future installments that will feature Spider-Man, something Venom does not do. Any Spider-Man movie will carry a PG-13 rating because the wall-crawler is more family friendly, and if Venom is too dark and gory, it might preclude other film match-ups, not just with Peter Parker’s alter-ego, but also with other members of the extended Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
So basically the studio is going back on its word? Being as I’ve been suffering from superhero fatigue for some time now, I’m not overly interested in Venom, but I still consider this to be hugely disappointing news, especially considering that The Meg and Slender Man have recently been significantly altered to get that all-important ‘PG-13’ rating. Apparently the latter is now missing some major horror sequences. Do we really want the ‘R’ rating to end up just being the province of crud like the Fifty Shades movies?
Anyway, Venom is set to be released in some form of other on October 5th.
It’s directed by Ruben Fleischer, written by Kelly Marcell, Will Beall, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, and stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Lee and Riz Ahmed.