‘Chronicle’ director in line for ‘Spider-Man’ spin-off ‘Venom’

One of Spidey's deadliest villains is getting his own big-screen outing

Chronicle director Josh Trank is being lined up to direct Spider-Man spin-off Venom.

Tank, who impressed audiences with his found-footage superhero movie, is the latest director linked to the project since Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross turned down the job, according to the LA Times.

Venom is one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel universe, but his portrayal in Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man 3 was widely panned. He is an alien symbiote that attaches itself to human host Eddie Brock, and transforms him into an ooze-slinging supervillain with powers to equal Spidey himself.

Screenwriter Jacob Estes had previously turned in a script portraying Venom as an anti-hero rather than a villain, but Sony are apparently looking for a new script as well as a director and star.

There is no word yet on whether the film would tie in with the chronology of forthcoming reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield.