Olivia Wilde To Direct Marvel Movie For Sony
As the world slowly tries to adapt to a world that is still being ravaged by the global coronavirus pandemic, film and entertainment companies are doing all they can to ensure films continue to be developed and produced. One studio looking to develop another Marvel movie is Sony, and Olivia Wilde is rumored to direct the film.
Variety reports that the 36-year-old actress and director has been contracted by Sony to direct a female-centered Marvel movie, which remains untitled as of now. However, speculation points to Spider-Woman being the character the film will be focusing on.
It is still unclear what direction Wilde will take with the Spider-Woman character if the speculation turns out to be true, since the name has been used by a number of characters in Marvel comics. The character Jessica Drew was the first one to use the name in the 1970s, and it has also been used by Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson.
Deadline reports that Wilde had initially been reluctant to take on directing duties for this rumored Spider-Woman film as she already has a number of projects lined up. Fortunately, the appeal of being able to launch her own female superhero attracted Wilde to the project.
As Deadline points out, this new Marvel movie reflects Wilde’s growing popularity as a director. Wilde’s directorial debut was last year’s Booksmart, which earned a best original screenplay from the Writers Guild of America as well as receiving numerous positive reviews.
Wilde is also set to direct the movie Don’t Worry Darling, which is a psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh, Dakota Johnson, Shia LaBeouf, and Chris Pine. New Line will be the studio producing the film, which is set to start shooting this fall.
This new female-focused Marvel movie is the second one Sony is developing, as it had been earlier announced that S.J. Clarkson will also direct a female-centered Sony Marvel movie. The announcement was made In May, with the character Madame Webb speculated to be the focus of the film.
Madame Webb suffers from myasthenia gravis, a disease that requires her to constantly be hooked up to a life support system that looks like a spider web. Of course, Clarkson could come up with a different interpretation of the character. Charlize Theron and Amy Adams are both speculated to be up for the lead role.
Should both movies move forward, they will be joining other Marvel movies Sony has in the pipeline. Morbius is planned to be released on Mar. 19, 2021. The sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage is set to premiere on June 25, 2021. Meanwhile, Nov. 5, 2021, is the planned release date for the third Spider-Man film.