EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is setting Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct Silver & Black, the film that is based on Silver Sable & Black Cat (aka Felicia Hardy) characters from Sony’s Marvel Universe revolving around its signature hero Spider-Man. Prince-Bythewood just directed the pilot for Marvel’s upcoming Cloak & Dagger series on Freeform and completed the first season of Shots Fired, the drama she created with husband Reggie Rock Bythewood. That season-ender aired Wednesday on Fox. She will rewrite the Silver & Black script originated by Thor: The Dark World scribe Christopher Yost. Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing, and Columbia Pictures execs Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing.
Silver Sable is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts war criminals while Black Cat is an acrobatic cat burglar (real name Felicia Hardy), who had a tangled romantic relationship with the webslinger in the Spider-Man comics. Both were antagonists and allies to Spider-Man. This film will cast up and is meant to follow Venom, the Spider-Man universe expansion film that will star Tom Hardy with Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer directing. Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Jon Watts-directed film that stars Tom Holland as high school student Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego, bows July 7.
On the feature front, Prince-Bythewood has directed and written Beyond The Lights, Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees, and she becomes the latest female filmmaker to be set to direct a superhero film, a trend that started with Patty Jenkins helming Wonder Woman, which Warner Bros/DC opens June 2. Sony separately this week dated two other films directed by women, the Michelle MacLaren-directed The Nightingale and the Elizabeth Banks-directed Charlie’s Angels, right after the studio set Catherine Hardwicke for the Gina Rodriguez-starrer Miss Bala. Barbie will also be directed by a woman, and the studio has Lucia Aniello directing Rough Night, its first R-rated comedy in two decades directed by a female. CAA reps Prince-Bythewood.
First Look! Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon Have One Epic Bachelorette Party in Rough Night
Girls just wanna have fun!
Scarlett Johansson leads the cast of Rough Night — an R-rated comedy about a bachelorette party gone way wrong — and PEOPLE has the exclusive first look at the film, due in theaters June 16.
Joined by Zoë Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Kate McKinnon, Johansson confidently struts ahead of the group wearing a sash that marks her as the “bride to be” while the rest wear one that says “friend of the bride.” The ladies all seem excited for the epic night to come as McKinnon pushes a suitcase printed with international flags.
The stars play five best friends from college who reunite in Miami 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend. But when the partying ends up taking a dark turn and they accidentally kill a male stripper, the longtime friends are forced to put their heads together and cover up the accident.
“It’s hilarious,” McKinnon tells PEOPLE of the script, penned by Broad City‘s Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello. (Colton Haynes, Demi Moore and Ty Burrell round out the film’s cast.) The Saturday Night Live Emmy winner also dishes on her costars — take a look at their individual posters (with clues about their characters) below!
“Scarlett Johansson is a great actress — really funny,” McKinnon says. “She improvises really funny stuff and it’s really rare to find the two rolled into one. And it’s such a cool thing to watch her just work. I sort of just sit there and go, ‘Wow, look at that.’ ”
“Zoë Kravitz is a great lady. Blair is so uptight and Zoë is so cool in real life,” McKinnon reveals. “I think that her coolness in real life is adding another dimension to this character and it’s really cool to watch.”
“Ilana Glazer is what we call a spitfire,” McKinnon says. “You give her something to do and she just — it snaps, it crackles, it pops. She makes everything so much her own and she’s such a cool character in real life. I’ve known her for so long and she just always brings all of herself to it. And she’s so magnetic to watch.”
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a funnier person,” McKinnon admits. “Jillian Bell is just improvising the funniest stuff I’ve ever heard. And she brings an absolute manic sincerity and devotion to this character that is so grounded and believable.”
McKinnon’s character, meanwhile, is labeled the “party down under” with a jar of Vegemite sticking out of it.
What are your thoughts on some of the women directing for TV?
This is such a broad question, I love it!
TV is more generous then film with women directors, though that really isn’t saying much. I will say that a couple of decades ago women directors would make a great indie film or two and then just completely fade into obscurity. Now they make a great indie film or two and go to TV. It’s a really frustrating trend I’ve noticed because the level of talent a woman has to have to work in TV is insane vs the men who work in TV. Of course there are talented male TV directors, but again, they usually use their TV work to launch their careers and go on to film where the reverse is true for women.
There are a couple of women bucking this trend. Lucia Aniello who has done crazy good work on Broad City managed to get a feature film, Rough Night, and Anna Foerster who directed some eps of Outlander moved on to Underworld: Blood Wars, but these cases are too few and far between. Sam Taylor-Johnson, Victoria Mahoney, Jennifer Phang, Niki Caro, Lexi Alexander, Amy Heckerling, these are just a handful of women who made great movies and now are working on TV where the level of creative control isn’t the same.
I don’t mind the trend of feature film directors getting to do compact miniseries where they are treated with respect and have a lot of directorial control. I loved Susanne Bier’s The Night Manager, and I also enjoyed The Girlfriend Experience where Amy Seimetz split directing and writing duties with
Lodge Kerrigan. I’m very excited for the second season of Top of the Lake (which, in an unusual twist is always referred to as Jane Campion’s series, even though both miniseries have been co-written and co-directed with a male partner).
I also really love this small wave of showrunners that are trying to make half their hires women or are even hiring all women director teams like Ava DuVernay did with Queen Sugar and Jessica Jones is doing with their second season of the show. Again, my only complaint is that a lot of these women are so, so overqualified, I hope that these showrunners will also book women that are starting out and haven’t directed before so that they are creating new opportunities for women.
Also, this is so random, but I remember hearing years ago when it was on, that How I Met Your Mother was really unusual for a TV show because instead of rotating directors, almost all the episodes were done by one person. And I recently learned that the director was a woman! Pamela Fryman directed 196 episodes (out of 208)! She’s also directed the most TV episodes ever with something over 500 episodes! What a legend!
Anyway, to wrap up these scattered thoughts, definitely, definitely try to support TV work done by women. Chances are if you like an episode directed by a woman and look her up on imdb she will have made an excellent feature or two that you will discover and enjoy.
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