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BLACK WIDOW Standalone Movie Gets Screenwriter

BLACK WIDOW Standalone Movie Gets Screenwriter

Variety reports that Marvel Studios is moving forward with a standalone Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson. Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer has been tapped to write the screenplay.

According to inside sources, the film “is still very early development, as the film has no greenlight, but naming a writer is the closest the studio has come to moving forward on a standalone pic.” Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige conducted multiple meetings with several screenwriters before eventually deciding on Schaeffer, and Marvel executives apparently met with Johansson to discuss what she wanted from a “Black Widow” film.

Jac Schaeffer is an up and coming screenwriter who is known for her Black List script, “The Shower,” a sci-fi/comedy about an alien invasion during a baby shower which caught the eye of Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway, who immediately sought out the project to star in it.

Hathaway loved working with Schaeffer so much she brought the writer on board to pen “Nasty Women,” a female take on the the 1988 comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, which started Michael Caine and Steve Martin.

Black Widow fans have been showing outcry and support for a standalone film ever since Johansson appeared as the character in 2010’s “Iron Man 2.” Marvel Studios saw this opportunity to pursue the new film as the current Phase 3 slate of Marvel films are coming to an end.

Johansson has appeared as Natalia Romanov/Black Widow in six Marvel Studios films which include Jon Favreau’s “IRON MAN 2”, Joss Whedon’s “THE AVENGERS” and “AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON”, Joe and Anthony Russo’s “CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER”, “CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR” and this summer’s “AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.”

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