Writer Reportedly Hired To Pen 'Black Widow' Stand-Alone Movie

“Black Widow” Film Enlists Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer

“Black Widow” Film Enlists Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer

As reported by Variety, Marvel is making some big moves behind the scenes of the Black Widow standalone film starring Scarlett Johansson, the most prominent of which is tapping Black List screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to pen the movie's script.

Way back in May 2016, Marvel head Kevin Feige said the studio was "committing" to a standalone Black Widow film. The up-and-coming Schaeffer's career has benefitted from the patronage of Anne Hathaway, who signed her to write Nasty Women, her female-centric take on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Last year, Johansson discussed the possibility of a Black Widow film, noting that "timing" is key.

The character is played by actor Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Black Widow will be in theaters ... someday. As a result, Black Widow won't get her solo movie until at least nine years after she made her debut in Iron Man 2, and roughly seven years since interest for her standalone film was at its peak. There have been rumbles over the past year that Marvel might change that somewhere down the road, but nothing substantial has come from the folks who make the decisions. Marvel has reportedly brought in a writer to pen a script for the potential movie, which sources caution still hasn't been given the greenlight to proceed. It's a shame really, as Captain America: Winter Soldier was a smaller scale (well, compared to most of the MCU) story and is held up by fans as one of the best entries into the universe.

If the first Avengers: Infinity War trailer gave you chills - and let's be honest, if the action didn't do it, then Chris Evans beard probably did the trick! - you're going to freak out over this news. More likely, they have seen the stellar box office numbers and critical acclaim that were heaped on Wonder Woman, the first female superhero to headline her own movie, and steered to success by a female director. The Charlize Theron film resonated with audiences and although her character, Lorraine Broughton, is different from Romanoff's, "there definitely is a similar sort of energy in terms of how they could be told onscreen".

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