Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have tapped Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct SILVER SABLE AND BLACK CAT, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Prince-Bythewood marks the first woman of color and the first woman to direct on her own for a Marvel film. She will also rewrite the script originally written by Christopher Yost, who penned Thor: The Dark World.
The film is the latest in Sony’s universe of Marvel characters focusing on Silver Sable, a mercenary and occasional ally of Spider-Man, and Black Cat, following in her father’s footsteps to become a vigilante. Black Cat first appeared on the big screen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 portrayed by Felicity Jones while this will be the first big screen outing for Silver Sable.
It will be a standalone film, not a spinoff, and follow Venom, which recently found Tom Hardy as its star. It’s unknown if familiar faces like Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will make an appearance in either film.
Deadline first reported the news of Prince-Bythewood’s attachment, continuing Sony’s commitment to hiring female directors. Their next film, this summer’s Rough Comedy, is the first R-rated comedy directed by a woman, Lucia Aniello. Also on the docket are The Nightingale and Charlie’s Angels, which both recently received dates and are directed by women. Looking further ahead, Catherine Hardwicke is tackling the Miss Bala remake and the studio is also eyeing a female director for their Barbie film.
Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing the film, while Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are set to oversee for Columbia.
Prince-Bythewood is the acclaimed director behind films like Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights. Shots Fire, the Fox show she co-created with her husband, aired its season finale last night and she also directed the pilot for the Freeform Marvel series Cloak and Dagger. She’s repped by CAA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor