20 August 2020 14:36
Image copyright Getty Images Olivia Wilde has reportedly signed a deal to direct a new Marvel film in conjunction with Sony Pictures. US reports claim the Booksmart director will make a movie about a female superhero, but neither Marvel or Sony has officially commented. Olivia appears to have confirmed the news on Twitter, sharing a report with a spider emoji. Newsbeat has contacted Sony for official comment on the news, but they haven't got back to us yet. Sony owns the rights to Marvel's Spider-Man franchise, but released its most recent film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, alongside Marvel, who created the characters.
Olivia also tweeted in response to Frozen actor Josh Gad, who said the news she was directing a Marvel movie was enough for him to "get through one more day." Posting the news on her Instagram story - and tagging Katie Silberman, who wrote Booksmart - Olivia wrote: "Reunited and it feels so good, especially because we never left each other's side in the first place." Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Katie and Olivia winning Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards earlier this year Booksmart earned Katie a Writers Guild of America nomination for best original screenplay. Jessica Drew? Spider-Woman has actually been the alter ego of several characters in Marvel comics over the years including Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson and Jessica Drew - who was the first in the late 1970s. Most recently Gwen Stacey appeared as Spider-Woman in the award-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, voiced by Hailee Steinfield. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hailee was the voice of Spider-Gwen in 2018 Following the reports, Marvel tweeted about Jessica Drew on their own Twitter.
The star confirmed the news she has closed a deal with Sony Pictures to direct and develop a film revolving around a female character, posting a simple spider emoji on Twitter. She also shared this picture on Instagram. Sony's official Twitter feed gave Wilde's tweet a round of applause emoji back. A number of female characters have taken on the Spider-Woman alter ego over the years, including the original Jessica Drew, as well as Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson. US entertainment site Deadline, which first reported the news, said the concept is being revamped by Wilde and it is not known which character the studio might go with.
While Spider-Woman has not been officially confirmed to make her big-screen debut, the Marvel project will definitely see Wilde reunite with Katie Silberman - who co-wrote the star's directorial debut Booksmart, a 2019 coming-of-age comedy starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein. Wilde wrote on Instagram: "Reunited and it feels so good, especially because we never left each other's side in the first place @katierosesilberman.":: Listen to the Backstage podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker The star also responded to Frozen actor Josh Gad, who wrote on Twitter: "The fact that @oliviawilde is directing an @MarvelStudios film is enough to get though one more day." "It's the least I could do in exchange for the gift of Olaf," she replied. Wilde's former House co-star Hugh Laurie also congratulated her on the job, writing: "This is most excellent, O. Olivia Wilde is attached to direct a new female-led Marvel film for Sony. According to Deadline, the project has merely been confirmed as focusing on "a female character in the universe", but rumours point to a new film about Spider-Woman. Wilde, who made her directorial debut with the coming-of-age comedy Booksmart, confirmed the news on Twitter by posting a spider emoji, fuelling expectations. The upcoming film will be scripted by Katie Silberman, who worked with Wilde on Booksmart, and Amy Pascal, who most recently produced Greta Gerwig's Little Women remake. Wilde is currently in pre-production on her second film, the psychological thriller Don't Worry Darling, which will star Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson. The filmmaker is also developing Perfect, a drama centring on a gymnast, and a Christmas film alongside Silberman and Pascal once more. Several independent female filmmakers have been attached to upcoming Marvel projects, including The Rider director Chloé Zhao (who is helming The Eternals) and Nia DaCosta (Candyman), who will be directing Captain Marvel 2. There is currently no release date set or cast members attached to Wilde's Marvel film, which, if the rumours are confirmed, would centre on Spider-Woman for the first time in a standalone film. It has previously been used as an alter-ego for various characters since the 1970s. In other Marvel news, Natalie Portman confirmed that Thor: Love and Thunder is set to start filming next year, in which her character Jane Foster is set to take on the title of 'The Mighty Thor'. Olivia Wilde joining the MCU? Yes please (Picture: FilmMagic,) So in news that will perk us right up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Olivia Wilde has confirmed she's joining the Marvel universe while also dropping a Spider-Woman hint at the same time. Well folks, today is looking up! Overnight the actress and director confirmed the news she has closed a deal with Sony Pictures to direct and develop a film revolving around a female character for Marvel, which has our spider senses all sorts of tingling seeing as Sony is the home of Marvel Cinematic Universe character Spider-Man. According to Deadline, sources claimed Wilde had signed onto the untitled motion picture centred on a female character in the Marvel universe. Advertisement And she didn't do much to quell that chatter when she responded to reports on Twitter by sharing a spider emoji. The film will also see Booksmart director Wilde reunite with Katie Silberman, who co-wrote her aforementioned directorial debut, which starred Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein. Tom Holland is our Spider-Man with Sony (Picture: Chuck Zlotnick/Columbia/Kobal/REX) She wrote on Instagram: 'Reunited and it feels so good, especially because we never left each other's side in the first place @katierosesilberman.' The star also responded to Frozen actor Josh Gad, who wrote on Twitter: 'The fact that @oliviawilde is directing an @MarvelStudios film is enough to get though one more day.' She replied: 'It's the least I could do in exchange for the gift of Olaf.' Itâs the least I could do in exchange for the gift of Olaf ð — olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) August 20, 2020 While her former House co-star Hugh Laurie also congratulated her on the job, writing: 'This is most excellent, O. May the road rise up to meet you!' While things are all very much in the air, there are a number of female characters who have taken on the Spider-Woman alter ego over the years, including Jessica Drew, Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson, so we've got a pretty stellar mantel here. Amy Pascal is to produce the movie, which will be written by Silberman, and Rachel O'Connor is to executive produce. We've got quite a few Marvel films to get through in the meantime, though, so no worries about the wait. Marvel's next movie, Black Widow, will be released in October, after the film was originally due to drop in May. In May, it was reported S.J. Clarkson was to helm a female-led superhero movie in the Spider-Man universe which is expected to focus on character Madame Web, an elderly woman who is connected to a life support system resembling a spider's web. Sony – which shares the rights to Spider-Man and all associated characters with Marvel – are said to have drawn up a list of possible stars to take on the role of Madame Web, with Amy Adams and Charlize Theron said to be among the potential suitors for the part. MORE: Avengers' Anthony Mackie clarifies comments about lack of diversity on Marvel sets MORE: Marvel Comics received $100 for every Hulk Hogan match during legendary 20 year career