A month prior to the release of Sony’s Venom, Tom Hardy revealed he has already locked in a commitment for a trilogy.
Venom is Sony’s upcoming American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
The movie is set to release on October 5, 2018, and will have the 40-year-old English actor, Tom Hardy, taking on the lead role of ‘Eddie Brock’.
The Legend actor confirmed the news of having signed a contract for two more Venom movies with Sony during his interview with ComicBook, shared with the public courtesy of Total Film Magazine.
“I’m open to whatever you want to do with it,” Hardy said. “We’ve signed up for three of them. So it’s very much an open case. We’ll see what people’s responses are to it.”
“I think it’s an awesome character. I love playing both of them. It’s an amuse-bouche, and for Sony, it’s the Venom-verse launched in isolation, as it were,” he added.
While the actor has expressed how he feels about a potential extension of the movie, Sony has yet to release an official statement regarding the contract.
The movie will hit theaters soon and the cast and crew is caught up with wondering whether the movie will land an R-rating, which the team at Sony is pushing to evade, or move down to a PG-13.
The director of the movie, Ruben Fleischer, shared how he feels about this distinction. He said the team hopes ‘future Spider-Man spin-offs from Sony can retain their family-friendliness that the wall-climber is known for’.
Fleischer further commented on the matter in his interview with ComicBook, in which he stated that the team behind Venom ‘pushed the enveloped’ to create something authentic.
“We’re curious to see where it’ll land,” Fleischer said. “But we pushed the envelope as far as we possibly could in terms of just making it the most true to the comics version of the film that we could. He’s a character that goes around biting people’s heads off and eating brains. So we tried to respect that as much as we could.”
Thomas Hardy employed a neutral approach towards the issue of an R-rated or PG-13 label. He said, “It can pivot to either/or, if that makes sense. You want to reach as big an audience as possible with one of these movies, because they’re good fun.”
He added, “My son steered me onto Venom. There would be things I would probably cover his eyes for. It depends how sensitive a nine-year-old’s parents are. It’s not my place to say. I don’t really know what [rating] they’re going to give it. But, it can pivot to either/or, if that makes sense. The IP lends itself to gore, and it also lends itself to a black comedy action thriller, as well.”