Marvel Hires Writer For Solo Black Widow Film
The Avengers character is getting her own movie!
Writer Hired For Black Widow Movie!
It looks like Marvel’s standalone Black Widow movie might actually finally happen. Variety reports that Marvel Studios has recruited TiMER writer/director Jac Schaffer to pen the script for a movie about the Avenger. The report specifies that the film is in very early development and hasn’t got the greenlight yet. Marvel President Kevin Feige is said to have met with a number of potential screenwriters before landing on Schaeffer and Scarlett Johansson was consulted to discuss what they wanted from the writer who got the job. Feige and Johansson have spent the years since Black Widow’s Iron Man 2 debut insisting the film was always a possibility, but this is the first time the studio has significantly moved forward on the project.
Schaeffer made her feature filmmaking debut with the 2009 Tribeca film TiMER which starred Emma Caulfield in an offbeat, slightly sci-fi romantic comedy. She also wrote the 2014 Blacklist pick The Shower, a sci-fi action comedy about a baby shower alien invasion that has Anne Hathaway attached to star and produce, as well as MGM’s female-focused reboot of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, aptly titled Nasty Women, which is set to star Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. She also penned the script for the Disney short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, which played ahead of Coco.
Johansson made her debut as the super-assassin turned superhero way back in the early days of the MCU in 2010’s Iron Man 2 directed by Jon Favreau who hand-picked her for the role. Since then, she’s become a backbone of the ever expanding franchise, reprising the role in 2012's The Avengers, 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2016's Captain America: Civil War, and this year's Avengers: Infinity War. Black Widow was created by Stan Lee, Don Rico, and Don Heck, first appearing in Tales of Suspense #52 in April of 1964. She has proven to be one of Marvel's most versatile and enduring characters.
The possibility of a standalone film just begs Marvel Studios to put their signature stamp on the spy genre. They usually do that as Captain America: The First Avenger is war movie, Ant-Man is a heist film, Thor is a fantasy film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a political thriller, etc. but they still haven't made a spy film. All in all, it’s utterly thrilling that the project is finally moving forward, even if it's still in the early stages, and it’s equally exciting that Marvel has recruited a female filmmaker for the writing gig which is a step in the right direction for the major studio.