'Spider-Man' Spinoff: Sony Pictures' 'Silver And Black' Sets Gina Prince-Bythewood As Director

Marvel Studios has their superhero cinematic universe, DC has theirs, 20th Century Fox has theirs, and now Sony Pictures are stepping up their game by making one.

The studio plans on making a Marvel Universe themselves, by using characters relating to the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, but without connecting to the pre-existing web-slinger played by Tom Holland over at Marvel Studios. So with that their first two ventures into making their own cinematic universe will be Venom and Silver and Black. The former already has an October date for next year with Tom Hardy playing the title lead with Reuben Fleischer directing.

The latter, Silver and Black, has now added a helmer to it in the form of Gina Prince-Bythewood. Prince-Bythewood's credits include writing and directing The Secret Life of Bees, winning accolades and awards for her film debut, 2000's Love and Basketball, and has directed Gugu-Mbatha Raw and Nate Parker in Beyond the Lights.

Her more recent jobs have included co-creating FOX's crime drama series, Shots Fired, and will be the director of the pilot episode of Freeform's Marvel series, Cloak & Dagger.

For Silver and Black, which will see the big-screen introduction of both Black Cat and Silver Sable, Prince-Bythewood will be having Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal as producers, and Chris Yost, who recently wrote Thor: Ragnarok, as the film's current writer with Lisa Joy helping pen the script also.

Production is set to begin later this year with an October 2018 date scheduled.

On the comic-end of this project, Silver Sable was created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz in 1985, she's a mercenary who runs a company that hunts war criminals. Sable's relationship with Spider-Man has either been about being an antagonist or ally. This film will serves as the character's entry to the live-action world.

Black Cat, on the other hand, was created by Keith Pollard and Marv Wolfman in 1979. She, aka Felicia Hardy, is an acrobatic cat burglar and has had a more romantic pairing with Spider-Man than Sable in the comics. Live-action wise, her character was not seen in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, due to being cut from the films' scripts, and as for the Amazing Spider-Man universe there was a character named Felicia Hardy, who was played by Felicity Jones, that in the second and final film of that franchise for more of cameo appearance, but there was no real Black Cat connection between the characters.

Source: THR


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