Technically, 'Truth in Journalism' is a fan film, but it's the kind of fan film that happens when everyone involved is a professional filmmaker with the goal of turning an entire genre upside down. This is a 16-minute short film disguised as a Belgian-made documentary shot in the '80s ... that just so happens to be about the iconic Spider-Man villain known as Venom. Yeah, it's really cool.
While certain Marvel-owned characters are currently breaking the bank worldwide with 'The Avengers,' the rights to Spider-Man and his family of characters are still owned by Sony. You probably know that 'The Amazing Spider-Man' is coming up in a few weeks, but what's next? How about that oft-rumored 'Venom' movie, which is apparently going to spin directly out of the world and events of 'The Amazing Spider-Man.'
'Chronicle', the found-footage entry into the superhero genre, was a surprise critical and commercial hit for Fox earlier this year. The studio knew it had something special with 'Chronicle' and its director Josh Trank before the movie was released and discussions soon began about Trank working with Fox on rebooting one of their bigger-budgeted Marvel properties, 'Fantastic Four'. Now it looks like Trank will in fact work on a Marvel superhero film next but it won't be for Fox.