Although the film industry remains in limbo due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sony isn’t letting this stop them from developing their next big Marvel movie. Variety brings word that the studio has just brought director S.J. Clarkson onboard to helm their next Spider-Man-adjacent film. This will be Sony’s first movie led by a female Marvel character.
The identity of the film’s central character is unconfirmed, but Variety’s sources peg Madame Web as the headliner. Reports that a movie featuring Spider-Man’s clairvoyant ally was in the works first made the rounds back in September. Morbius writer Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama were supposed to be tackling the screenplay. However, Variety’s latest report indicates that a writer hasn’t joined Clarkson’s film just yet.
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Clarkson isn’t a stranger to the Marvel Universe, having helmed episodes of Netflix’s Jessica Jones and The Defenders. She was also the original choice to direct Star Trek 4 for Paramount, but she departed the sequel last year and was replaced by Noah Hawley. Additionally, Clarkson directed the pilot episode for an unaired Game of Thrones prequel series led by Naomi Watts. HBO ultimately decided not to move forward with this show last fall.
Sony is reportedly thinking about hiring a lead actress for the project first and then recruiting a writer “to develop the film around them.” Apparently, the list of actresses under consideration includes the likes of Charlize Theron and Amy Adams. And both seem too young to play a character like Madame Web. But Variety points out that the studio hasn’t even begun to meet with potential candidates.
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