Get ready for more Venom.
Sony Pictures got the green light for the third installment in the Tom Hardy-led “Venom” movie series, after consecutive box office successes in 2021’s “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” ($502 million worldwide) and 2018’s “Venom” ($856 million). dollars (worldwide).
The studio also announced plans for another installment of “Ghostbusters,” which will serve as a follow-up to the 2021 reboot.Ghostbusters: The Afterlife($200 million worldwide). Sony revealed its plans for both series during its Monday evening presentation at CinemaConThe annual trade fair for theater owners. Although the studio hasn’t shared any details about either movie, it has revealed that new installments are on the way.
The announcement came in the form of a blending reel, which included clips from Whitney Houston’s biopic “I Want to Dance with Someone,” “Craven the Hunter,” and “Equalizer 3,” never-before-seen clips of Tom Hanks’ “A Man Called Otto.”
Studio head Tom Rothman introduced the reel, declaring that the studio was making diverse films for diverse audiences or – simply put – that Sony Pictures Entertainment had “something for everyone.” It’s hard to argue, given the quarters his list hits between Sony, TriStar, and Columbia Pictures.
In Venom, Hardy stars as journalist Eddie Brock and his unwitting and parasitic companion Venom, another deadly protector in Sony’s Marvel Characters universe, and one of the few established villains like Morbius and Kraven the Hunter. Sony Pictures is working on an independent story based on Madame Web, and Dakota Johnson is set to star in the film.
Hardy’s Venom last appeared in a credit scene for “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the box office giant that has grossed $1.89 billion globally.
Jason Reitman directed “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” taking over from his father, Evan Reitman, who directed the original 1984 “Ghostbusters.” He made the first film—which featured Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis as parapsychologists in ghost sciences. Critical and commercial success, later sequels, animated series, video games, and an inauspicious 2016 year.
The 2021 movie “Ghostbusters” was followed up decades after the original series. The reboot centers around a family who moves to a small town and discovers their connection to the legendary ghost-hunting business. Murray, Aykroyd, Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts reprized their roles from the early films, while Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, and Paul Rudd joined the cast.
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