Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Is Finally Going Forward With Jac Schaeffer As Writer
Could the Scarlett Johansson-led Black Widow film be the lead-in to an all-female Avengers movie? We certainly hope so.
Marvel is poised to have a dominating year as Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity are two of the most highly anticipated films in any genre. With that said, no one has lost thought on the pending Black Widow movie that has mired in obscurity for half a decade.
Portrayed by actress Scarlett Johansson, people have been clamoring for this movie and finally it seems that Marvel is going to push ahead and get this thing moving.
Sources at Variety are saying that the as-yet-to-be-titled Black Widow standalone film has chosen a screenplay writer in Jac Schaeffer. With no greenlight in sight, naming a writer is the closest Marvel Studios has come to moving forward on Black Widow. Marvel President Kevin Feige met with several candidates before tapping Schaeffer, and Marvel executives met with Johansson to discuss what they wanted from a Black Widow writer.
Schaeffer, who has seen her stock rise with her Black List script, The Shower, which caught the eye of Anne Hathaway, seems like an impressive choice for Marvel to pick. Hathaway herself was so taken by Schaeffer’s work that she tapped the screenwriter to write Nasty Women, a female-centric take on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels that would also star Hathaway. Schaeffer has the potential to take a character that has been a fan-favorite since first appearing in Iron Man 2 and making her the immense star that everyone knows she can be. At best, this is the right time (honestly, it’s been time) to get this and other female-led Marvel movies off the ground.
As of press time, Marvel Studios has offered no comment.