Lionsgate Drops Black Widow

IGN FilmForce reports that Lionsgate has dropped the live-action adaptation of Marvel’s Black Widow because of the less-than-stellar box office results for other female-driven action films.

David Hayter, who was attached to write and directed, confirmed the news. “Marvel and I then spoke to a few other financing entities, but I never felt comfortable that we had found a place that was willing to take the movie, and the character, seriously.”

The Black Widow, an early supporting character in the Marvel Comics universe, is also known by her other identity: Natasha Romanova, a Russian spy who made her debut in “The Invincible Iron Man.” She also was part of the superteams assembled in “The Champions” and “The Avengers” comics series. She ultimately became a love interest of Daredevil, gaining her popularity in the “Daredevil” comics.

Hayter’s version would have involved the Black Widow being given to the KGB at birth. The KGB grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative.

Source: IGN Filmforce