‘Venom 2’ Director Search Includes ‘Mowgli”s Andy Serkis, ‘Planet of the Apes’ Helmer Rupert Wyatt, and ‘Bumblebee’s Travis Knight

/Film | 7/26/2019 | Ben Pearson
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Sony Pictures is on the hunt for a Venom 2 director, and the studio recently met with three high-profile contenders for the job.

Rupert Wyatt, who directed the surprisingly great Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is in talks, and he’s competing with Bumblebee helmer Travis Knight as well as Andy Serkis, the actor who portrayed the villainous Ulysses Klaue in Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here’s what we know.

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Variety reports that Wyatt, Knight, and Serkis are all simply taking meetings for the position, and no front-runner has emerged yet. Ruben Fleischer directed the first movie, but he is not returning for the sequel. (He also directed the upcoming Zombieland 2: Double Tap.) Wyatt’s recent credits include Captive State and The Gambler remake, while Knight has several stop-motion movies under his belt and just moved into live-action for the first time with Bumblebee. Serkis, who memorably played performance-capture characters like Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films and Caesar in the newest Planet of the Apes trilogy, has several years’ worth of directing experience. He was the second unit director on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy before graduating to the director’s chair himself in 2017 with a small indie drama called Breathe.

Most recently, he directed Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, a film that combined performance-capture with live-action to middling results. The long-delayed movie ended up being dropped by Warner Bros. and scooped up by Netflix, where it earned a 52% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a 53% from audiences. That’s not exactly the kind of response that you’d think...
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