The Eternals is one of several Marvel Studios movies in development, making up its post-Avengers 4 future. The film previously got a pair of screenwriters, and now, a director has been brought on board.
Filmmaker Chloe Zhao (The Rider) has signed on to direct The Eternals. Other contenders for the job included Nicole Kassell (HBO’s Watchmen), Travis Knight (Bumblebee), and Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra (Birds of Passage). Zhao was also up for directing Marvel’s Black Widow, before Cate Shortland got the gig.
Zhao will be directing from a script by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The film will reportedly consist of a love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans. It is intended to be Marvel’s next big cosmic franchise.
Zhao is the most recent female director to take on a major comic book movie. Marvel has been making this push with films like Captain Marvel and Black Widow, while DC has hired female directors for Birds of Prey, New Gods, and the Wonder Woman franchise.
A release date for The Eternals hasn’t been announced yet, but at the rate it’s going, don’t be surprised if it’s one of Marvel’s untitled 2020 films. Stay tuned for more as we have it.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter