Some big news coming out of Sony’s Marvel realm.
Olivia Wilde is officially set to direct a Marvel film for the studio – one set to focus on a female character. As for who, Deadline, the outlet that broke the news, reports that “it is expected that the story will be centered on Spider-Woman.”
Now, apart from Wilde directing, nothing regarding what the film will be or which character will appear has been confirmed – although’s it’s not too much of a stretch that Spider-Woman will be involved. Sony has been working on taking Spider-verse’s female characters to the screen for a while now; the studio has Black Cat and Silver Sable pics also in the works.
And in what may be the closest thing to making it official without a statement, Wilde tweeted an emoji of a spider in reply to the breaking story…
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) August 19, 2020
Set to write the screenplay for the secret Marvel film is Katie Silberman, who co-wrote Wilde’s feature directorial debut, 2019’s Booksmart, and whose credits include Netflix comedies Set It Up and Isn’t It Romantic.
Also on board the project is producer Amy Pascal and Rachel O’Connor, the latter on board to exec produce. Wilde, Silberman and Pascal have already formed a unit of sorts, having also worked on a planned Christmas buddy film that’s set up at Universal. Word is that they’re looking to tackle that film before heading to the Spider-verse.
Wilde is certainly on a roll on the filmmaking side of things. Following Booksmart, a coming-of-age comedy that was met with critical praise, Wilde signed up to direct and co-star in psychological thriller Don’t Worry, Darling, which is set to shoot later this year and has a cast that includes Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson.
Stay tuned for what the web catches next.
It’s the least I could do in exchange for the gift of Olaf 🙏
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) August 20, 2020