Venom, Columbia's long-in-the-works Spider-Man spin-off, has a release date.
The studio has set October 5, 2018 as the release date of that comic book movie. The studio had previously announced its Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl in the Spider's Web, as opening on that date but then bumped it to October 19, 2018.
The setting of the release date happens the same day that Warner Bros. moved Aquaman off Oct. 5 to December 18, 2018.
Venom has no director yet, but does have a script: Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the latter who worked on 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, recently turned in a draft. (Dante Harper wrote a previous draft.)
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, among stewards of the Spider-Man properties, are producing and overseeing the project. Amy Pascal is also producing.
Venom is one of Marvel's top villains and a Spider-Man fixture since he was introduced in 1988, created by writer David Michelinie and artists Todd McFarlane and Mike Zeck. The character is an alien symbiote that needs a human host to survive. In return, the alien empowers its victim with incredible powers. He made his first big-screen appearance in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 and was portrayed by Topher Grace.
The studio hopes to launch a franchise with Venom.