Gary Ross tapped for 'Venom' movie
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross is taking over scripting duties from Zombieland pair Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and is eyeing the movie to direct.
Topher Grace portrayed Venom in Spider-Man 3 but it is unclear if he will return for the spinoff. The character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #299 in March 1988 as an alien parasite that takes over Peter Parker's Daily Bugle rival Eddie Brock.
Ross has previously worked with Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire on Seabiscuit and Pleasantville. He is also scripting Spider-Man 4 for Sony.