Sony has tapped Dante Harper to pen a script for Venom, a new film spinning off from the Spider-Man franchise, according to reports on Friday.

‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff ‘Venom’ Is In The Works at Sony

Venom is being envisioned as a franchise apart from and unrelated to the upcoming Spider-Man movie in the works with actor Tom Holland.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, among executives of the Spider-Man properties, are producing and overseeing the project.

Venom is one of Marvel’s top villains and a part of the Spider-Man series 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. Venom later even turned into an anti-hero. In his current incarnation, Venom is paired with Flash Thompson, a Peter Parker bully-turned-close friend and now a government agent.

It is unclear which Venom incarnation is being used for the new project.

The character made its screen appearance in Spider-Man 3 and was played by Topher Grace.

A spin-off has been in development in several versions, with Gary Ross and Josh Trank among the director coming and going, and writers such as Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci penning versions.

Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing Venom for Sony’s Columbia label.

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