Last month it was revealed that Cloak & Dagger director Gina Prince-Bythewood would helm the new Silver Sable/Black Cat film, Silver and Black, for Sony Pictures. The female duo film reportedly slated to start production sometime this fall along with Ruben Fleischer’s Venom, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock.
Prince-Bythewood recently chatted with Vulture about her Silver and Black gig and her excitement to helm another Marvel project by bringing Silver Sable and Black Cat to life. Throughout the interview, she revealed Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins recently gave her some advice when they met at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“She’s so cool and warm. She dropped a couple gems for me, which I will keep to myself for now. But it was just an immediate connection.”
Prince-Bythewood also talked about her process of preparing for Silver and Black. According to the director, she is making sure to note down all of her thoughts when it comes to stories, music and more.
“I go to bed thinking about it, I wake up thinking about it, and during the day, I have my notebook where I’m jotting down ideas and visuals and music. It’s so up my alley in terms of these two female characters and who they are and what they’re about. It’s the perfect way for me to dive into the Marvel universe, to focus on these two women who I really respect and can’t wait to bring to life.”
Amy Pascal recently revealed that Silver and Black as well as Venom will in fact be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the new Spider-Man: Homecoming franchise starring Tom Holland. With production on Silver and Black supposedly happening this fall, we should hopefully have some casting news soon.
Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Silver and Black is slated to come out sometime in October 2018.
6 Ways Sony Can Make ‘Venom’ Actually Good
A while ago, it was announced that Sony was interested in revisiting the Venom property after featuring the character in the contentious Spider-Man 3, with the intent to have a new franchise that wouldn’t necessarily be tied to the current cinematic iteration of Spider-Man. Progress on that stalled when it turned out that Sony would be placing emphasis on developing an animated movie instead; While news on that movie has steadily been released, Venom seemed to be put on the back-burner for a while. Now, in what appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to Aquaman moving to take Avatar 2‘s planned release date, Sony has suddenly announced that the Venom project is back in business, and will be arriving on the same day that Aquaman was originally going to be released.
Naturally, this has left a lot of fans with concerns, particularly with the team that’s producing Venom – Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the duo behind the unnecessary The Amazing Spider-Man reboot series that caved in on its second installment and indirectly led to Sony’s decision to re-reboot into a much more accurate and well-received take on Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures as a company has been taking a lot of flak for a number of creative decisions recently, such as greenlighting the already-maligned animated feature The Emoji Movie and deciding to cancel the Ghostbusters III film that was in development in the late 2000s in favor of pushing out a reboot with a half-assed script, a decision that the contributed greatly to Sony’s billion-dollar write-off for their film division last year when their would-be mega-franchise came up incredibly short. They’re not exactly in the best place right now as a company, and it’s going to be a while before Spider-Man: Homecoming (hopefully) puts them in a better position as far as their tentpoles are concerned.
But there’s still a chance for Venom to defy expectations and actually turn out to be a good movie. The easiest option for Sony would be to wait a bit and cooperate with Marvel Studios before thinking about putting the Lethal Protector in one of their movies – since it’s very likely that Spider-Man will get the Symbiote in Avengers: Infinity War, and Venom will probably play a part in their own plans – but given the divide between Arad and Marvel Studios following his departure from the company, this does not seem likely. Operating on the presumption that Venom will be set outside of the MCU’s continuity – which ultimately may not be the case – here are 6 things that Sony must do to make sure that they get the villain/anti-hero right this time.