Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Marvel's 'Black Widow' movie moving forward, director search underway

Marvel ‘drawing up’ all-female shortlist of directors for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow Marvel Studios ‘drawing up’ all-female shortlist of directors for Black Widow
Stacy Diaz | 22 June, 2018, 17:12

The studio reportedly has its eye set on Cate Shortland, the director of Berlin Syndrome and Lore, to helm the film about the Marvel Cinematic Universe's deadly assassin-turned-S.H.I.E.L.D. operative. Her most recent project is A United Kingdom, and she has two films in production, Where Hands Touch and The Billion Dollar Spy.

As for Johansson, she would love to see a Black Widow movie eventually happen, and thinks there is plenty to explore. Jac Schaeffer (TiMER, Olaf's Frozen Adventure) was brought on to write the script in January, with another report surfacing that star Scarlett Johansson herself would collaborate on the writing process, but that was never confirmed.

In any case, Marvel's search for a female director is encouraging.

Black Widow was introduced in Iron Man 2 and has since made appearances in The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War.

Nevertheless, rather than lament the sequel's shortcomings, let's imagine what could have been, beginning with a deep dive into the alternative designs for Black Widow and War Machine. The character has a tortured past, she's had to make a lot of hard decisions.

Marvel Studios is finally doing the thing that everyone has been asking for: A Black Widow movie.

Neither Shortland, Asante, nor Betts are household names, but each is a decorated director with multiple feature films, film festival appearances, awards, and award nominations under their belts.