'Venom' producer teases R-Rating for movie sequel
When the first Venom movie was released, many fans wanted it to be a true gorefest with an apt R-Rating. As we all know, this didn't happen, but thanks to the success of Joker and its rated R status, it could well be the case for Venom 2.
Movies receive this rating in the United States if they "depict strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity."
This will come as welcome news to actors such as Tom Hardy who wanted the movie to be true to its dark, comic book origins instead of being toned down for the sake of being marketable to a wider audience. The first movie was eventually classed as a PG-13.
If you haven't seen it yet, this is the official Venom trailer:
Venom's producer Tolmach told CinemaBlend: "I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well.
"Our franchise exists as it is, and I don't think anybody is looking to just say, 'Hey, they [did it]!' We have a place in the world. So it isn't like suddenly everybody's considering what to do with the rating."
"I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed," Tomlach continued. "For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden.
"So you know, I think it's the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling."
The news that the sequel will get the rating Hardy wanted for the first movie will undoubtedly go down well with the actor who played Eddie Brock - a journalist who becomes superhuman after an encounter with an alien symbiote.
Hardy's role in the sequel has been confirmed by Sony producer Amy Pascal. She told Fandango that Hardy "will be back, magnificently playing that character as no one else can."
The Venom sequel is set to be released on 2 October 2020.