In addition to Sony’s collaboration with Marvel on Spider-Man: Homecoming (which may spawn a trilogy), the studio has been developing two more films based on Spider-Man characters. Venom, starring Tom Hardy, is scheduled to hit theaters next fall. Additionally, director Gina Prince-Bythewood is helming Silver & Black, which will unite the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. The other day, producer Amy Pascal said that these movies will be “adjunct” to Homecoming and, thus, the MCU after all.
Now, Prince-Bythewood talks about landing the gig and her preparation for it. In an interview with Vulture, the filmmaker – who also directed the pilot for Cloak and Dagger – shares her love for superhero films, citing it as a genre that she’s been wanting to tackle. “This is absolutely where I wanted to go with my career. It’s a specific thing I had been charting.”
Female directors on superhero films have not been common, but following the huge success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, that will hopefully change. Prince-Bythewood actually met Jenkins recently, asking for advice – which she is currently keeping to herself.
Prince-Bythewood then discusses how she landed the job of directing Silver & Black. She was prepping another film for production, until she was sent the script for this movie. “The strange thing is, I knew I was the best person for this. Normally I get nervous regardless of what it is when I go into a meeting but with this, I saw the movie in my head as I was reading it, and it’s an exciting thing as a director when you know what you want to do with it. I was able to be so specific, so it was exciting in those meetings because everything I was talking about, they loved. We were feeding off each other.”
Currently, Prince-Bythewood intends to begin casting Silver & Black soon, with a fall production date being eyed. As for how she’s preparing and connecting to the characters, she says, “I go to bed thinking about it, I wake up thinking about it, and during the day, I have my notebook where I’m jotting down ideas and visuals and music. It’s so up my alley in terms of these two female characters and who they are and what they’re about. It’s the perfect way for me to dive into the Marvel universe, to focus on these two women who I really respect and can’t wait to bring to life.” Additionally, Prince-Bythewood is working on script revisions.
Currently, a release date for Silver & Black has yet to be confirmed. But if it does begin shooting this fall as planned, expect it to hit theaters sometime in 2018 or 2019. Stay tuned for more updates as we have them.