‘Black Widow’ Stand-Alone Film Finally Gaining Momentum, Jac Schaeffer to Write The Script

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A “Black Widow” solo flick might finally be moving forward at Marvel. Jac Schaeffer (“TiMER”), the screenwriter behind the Black Listed script “The Shower,” has been tapped by Marvel president Kevin Feige to pen the film’s script. As Variety cautions, the film doesn’t have a greenlight, but Schaeffer’s hire gives fans cautious optimism for a Black-Widow centric story.

Schaeffer previously impressed Hollywood with “The Shower,” a comedy about an alien invasion during a baby shower. The story quickly caught the attention of Anne Hathaway (“Interstellar”), who boarded the upcoming film as its lead, along with commissioning Schaeffer to write “Nasty Women,” a female-centric reboot of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” that Hathaway also stars in. Schaeffer has a great track record of telling female-centric stories, as she previously penned, produced and directed the romcom indie flick “TiMER.”

Before Feige tapped Schaeffer to pen the script, Marvel executives discussed with  Scarlett Johansson (“Lucy”), who plays the super spy, what they should look for in a “Black Widow” writer. In previous interviews, Johansson has expressed her own hopes for a “Black Widow” solo flick but cautioned expectations with a dose of reality, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar):

I’ve talked to Kevin Feige about it. We’re creatively really compatible.  I think we both agree that the character is right for a standalone, it’s just a case of timing at this point for both Marvel and myself…Marvel has a really huge roster. They’re looking four years ahead. I also have a lot of things that I want to do. If I did it, I would dedicate myself completely to making it amazing. It would have to be the best version that movie could possibly be. Otherwise, I would never do it.

Since Black Widow’s first appearance in “Iron Man 2,” MCU fans have been calling for a “Black Widow” solo film that Marvel has been notoriously cagey about greenlighting. With the massive success of Marvel’s ensemble films “Avengers,” “Avengers: Civil War” and more, a solo film on the team’s sole female member is an obvious choice that just hasn’t been developed so far. As Johansson points out, the solo film would have to be handled with the utmost care, and the hiring of a great female writer points to a future for the Black Widow; as MCU fans know, several supers may not even survive the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War.” (Unless, as SlashFilm points out, the standalone is an origin story prequel). May our future be filled with visions of Natasha Romanov destroying those stupid enough to cross her, one baddie at a time.

As of yet, Marvel has no comment about the new “Black Widow” development, according to Variety.

Schaeffer is repped by Verve and Writ Large.

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