Marvel hires Jac Schaeffer to pen potential Black Widow film

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

According to reports, the studio has hired screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to work up a script for the spinoff adventure, with Scarlett Johansson in place to don the catsuit one more time.

"While Jac didn't get a chance to meet with ScarJo before she was tapped to pen BW, hearing the two are likely to sit down at the beginning of next month to talk about the film and how they see it going", Kroll wrote on Twitter.

At the moment the project hasn't been officially greenlit, but this is a good development for the Black Widow movie.

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Johansson, who has portrayed the super-spy-turned-superhero since 2010's Iron Man 2, met with Marvel execs to discuss development. Apparently, Marvel President, Kevin Feige, had met with a number of writers before opting for Schaeffer who's already impressed people in Hollywood with her Black Listed script, The Shower, which is now in the works with Anne Hathaway set to star. As the first female Avenger in the MCU, the character has gained huge popularity, but she has been relegated to a mere supporting player in all the films she has appeared in. To date, there hasn't been a single Marvel Studios standalone film that hasn't featured at least one other character with ties to the greater MCU. Schaeffer also wrote "Nasty Women", a female-centric remake of Steve Martin and Michael Caine's comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels".

While DC found success with its first female-fronted stand alone movie in "Wonder Woman", Marvel is yet to open its account with Brie Larson-starrer "Captain Marvel". There are now no announced plans for such a film. But think about the other recent additions to the MCU's ever-growing slate that featured a single character's name in the title. "You just have to find it and find what honors what's already there with the source material but also brings it into a more entertaining form for the audience".

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