Marvel Appears To Have Narrowed The Search For ‘Black Widow”s Director To Three

Marvel appears to have narrowed down its search for the director for ‘Black Widow’ to three candidates– Cate Shortland, Amma Asante, and Maggie Betts.  In late April, a list of prospective directors was leaked and Asante and Betts were among them.  Marvel reportedly met with 65 potential directors, so it’s possible that Shortland was among them, but her name wasn’t mentioned in that initial report.

Betts has only directed one feature film, ‘Novitiate’ but that one film won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, so Marvel may see the promise that she has and deem this project perfect for her to make her big break.

Asante is best known for her period dramas ‘Belle’ and ‘A United Kingdom’.  Her latest film, ‘Where Hands Touch’ is currently in post-production and includes Abbie Cornish and Christopher Eccleston in the cast.  She is currently developing the real life espionage thriller ‘The Billion Dollar Spy’, which might be the perfect setup should she be selected to helm this Marvel movie about a former Soviet spy-turned-superhero.

However, rumor has it that Shortland is at the top of the list.  An Australian, Shortland directed the drama ‘Somersault’ which also happens to have starred Abbie Cornish.  She has also directed the films ‘Lore’, a World War II romance drama, and suspense thriller ‘Berlin Syndrome’.  Prior to that, she worked in television on the Australian shows ‘Bad Cop, Bad Cop’ and ‘The Secret Life of Us’.

Jac Schaeffer has been selected to pen the script.  Her previous credits include the film ‘TiMER’ and the Disney short ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’.

At any rate, it appears that Marvel definitely wants a woman to direct this film, just as Warner Brothers hired Patty Jenkins to helm ‘Wonder Woman’.  Currently, Anna Boden is co-directing ‘Captain Marvel’ with Ryan Fleck.  ‘Captain Marvel’ will be Marvel’s first female-fronted film and is due in theaters next year.

Marvel’s plans beyond ‘Avengers 4’ are hazy to put it mildly.  But it would still be cool if the first live action female hero of the Marvel Universe were to finally get her own solo adventure.

Source: Deadline

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Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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