This short film features Marvel’s Venom (Eddie Brock) as a New York City crime journalist. The story is shot in the same style as Dog Bites Man (which follows a horrifying day in the life of a psychopathic serial killer).
Starring Ryan Kwanten
Written & Directed by Joe Lynch
Produced by Adi Shankar & Sam Balcomb
Collider: How did this new short come together? Who came up with the idea?
Producer Adi Shankar: You take Man Bites Dog and mash it up with a well-known anti-hero. It’s a concept where you take a character that’s inherently over the top and you drop him in an overly realistic grounded reality and have everyone around him scratching their heads as to why this individual is behaving like a cartoon character.
Collider: Talk a bit about the philosophy behind making these shorts.
Producer Adi Shankar: I don’t subscribe to the school of thought that as a feature film producer I shouldn’t dabble in television, web content, or even comic books … that thinking perpetuates the consumerist mosh pit we are now desperately trying to dig ourselves out of. I have a burning desire to entertain and different mediums allow me to do this in different ways.
These shorts are as much a part of my filmography as the movies are, I care about Dirty Laundry (Punisher Short Film) as much as I care about my upcoming movie The Voices. Kevin Smith called me last week after Comic-Con and encouraged me to make more of these. He told me that the vast majority of the people you’ll deal with in Hollywood won’t care about these shorts because they can’t make a buck off it. It doesn’t matter. It’s not for them it’s for the fans. – Producer Adi Shankar Talks about Truth in Journalism Short