Hot off the presses!
Deadline is reporting that Olivia Wilde has closed a deal to direct a mysterious, female-led Marvel project for Sony Pictures. Additionally, Wilde herself will pen the screenplay alongside her writing partner Katie Silberman. Amy Pascal is producing.
According to the outlet, Wilde came close to passing on the project due to her increasingly busy work load. Ultimately, “the idea of having a chance to launch her own female superhero was too hard to pass up.”
While there are no further details to explore, we can begin piecing some details together. For instance, the only Marvel-related properties Sony has the film rights to are all related to Spider-Man. That means Wilde’s film will likely take place within the same cinematic universe as Venom as well as the upcoming Venom 2 and Morbius.
Secondly, we know that Wilde’s film will focus on a female character. While we do not know specifically which character or characters these will be, we do know that Sony has been trying to get a few different female-centered Marvel projects off the ground. This includes Silver Sable, Black Cat, Spider-Woman, and Madame Web. At this point, it’s anybody’s guess if Wilde will be taking on one of these individuals or someone else.
It has been quite the year and half for Wilde, who after spending the past decade as an A-list actress decided to make her move to directing with the coming-of-age tale Booksmart. The film was one of last year’s best reviewed films and earned Wilde and Silberman a WGA nomination for best original screenplay.
Next up for Wilde is the psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling, which has landed at New Line following one of the more heated bidding wars of 2019. That film recently cast Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson and will shoot this fall.
What do you make of this news? Is an Olivia Wilde directed Marvel movie for Sony something that interests you? Or is there another young director you believe should have gotten such a shot first? And which Spider-related characters would you like to see Wilde tackle? Swing on down to the comments below and let me and the rest of the movie-loving world know your thoughts!