Variety has learned that Sony Pictures has tapped Kelly Marcel (Terra Nova), one of the screenwriters from the first film, to pen the script for the sequel. In addition, she'll also executive-produce the film as part of a "significant" deal she made with the studio.
Tom Hardy will be returning as the human side of Venom, Eddie Brock. Michelle Williams is also expected to reprise her role as Anne Weying, and Woody Harrelson will also return as Cletus Kasady, who, we can assume based on his post-credits scene from the first film alone, will fulfill his destiny by turning into Carnage.
Unfortunately, Venom director Reuben Fleischer will be tied up with another sequel, Zombieland 2, and won't be able to commit.
This isn't really a huge surprise, given that the film made well over $800 million at the global box office since its release this past October. It was also Sony’s first real victory with the larger Spider-Man franchise since Raimi’s trilogy, outside of their collaboration with Marvel for Homecoming. They're also likely riding high after Into the Spider-Verse's recent win at the Golden Globes for Best Animated Feature.
There's no official release date yet. However, it's also likely that it will take one of the two 2020 release dates that Sony announced would take place in the Spider-Man universe back in November.
We've reached out to Sony for comment, and will update the story accordingly.