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Venom has not received the best critical reception but, from a box office perspective, it is doing pretty well. Worldwide, the film will soon cross $400 million and it is yet to open in China so it has the potential to be a very profitable movie by the end of its theatrical release.
The director of Venom is Ruben Fleischer and, in an interview with Collider before the film was released in cinemas, he had the chance to speak about Venom in great detail.
One of the topics of discussion was the editing process for Venom in addition to what Ruben Fleischer learnt from test screenings for the film:
“We actually did very few screenings of the movie because of the protective nature of not wanting a lot of word to get out about the film.”
“So, most of what we learned about the movie was from our own internal process of trying to figure out the relationship between Eddie, and Venom, and wanting to mine that, because I think that’s the core of the movie, is the dynamic between Eddie and Venom.”
“That’s what we really, through the editing process, were mining and leaning into, and wanting to cultivate and expand upon. That was for me, the most exciting aspect of the movie, and what I was trying to cultivate.”
Ruben Fleischer also spoke about how long the first cut of Venom was compared to the final cut:
“Well, the movie was pretty short. I’m trying to remember. The original cut wasn’t…sometimes, you hear about three hour long assemblies. It wasn’t that. I think the original editor’s assembly, where it has every single scene in it, maybe two hours, which is a surprisingly short amount of time for a movie, because we ended up not that much shorter than that. So, it didn’t get pared down too significantly.”
“This movie was always intended just as a really fun, crowd-pleasing ride. It’s full of action. It’s just a fun movie, so it was always from script to finish line, it was just a tight, just exciting ride.”
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