Shared Spider-Man Universe Adaptation, SILVER & BLACK, Pins Gina Prince-Bythewood To Direct

Sony Pictures landed its latest trailers just on Wednesday landing heavily on its campaign with less than a month and a half to go before its release of Spider-Man: Homecoming starring Tom Holland. I suppose that doesn't mean Sony is dropping the ball as active as they have shown themselves for the fledgling Marvel reboot that has since brought forth its own cinematic Spiderverse into the headlines with talk of an R-rated Venom and a female-driven adventure within the same universe.

Of course latter had been stirring since 2014 and just this year it was confirmed that mercenary Silver Sable and boundless burglar Black Cat would be at the center of the film. Thus, assuring the female-driven affair of Sony's forthcoming Marvel adaptation, the aptly titled Silver & Black, comes Thursday's hiring of Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, The Secret Life Of Bees, Freeform's Cloak & Dagger - pilot) to direct the film. She will also re-pen Christopher Yost's script with Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal producing, and Columbia Pictures executives Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing.

Silver Sable (a.k.a. Silver Sablinova) was launched at Marvel in 1985, created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz. Skilled in weapons, hand-to-hand combat and strategy, she leads the Wild Pack, a group of mercenaries whose m.o. is to hunt down international war crimimals, while her loyalty to Spider-Man in the comics is known to be fleeting.

Sable is a character lesser known in the comics compared to Black Cat, launched in 1971 by Keith Pollard and Marv Wolfman and who shares a deeper, complicated romantic history with the popular wall-crawling hero from Queens. Black Cat (a.k.a. Felicia Hardy) was the daughter of a world-renowned cat burglar and became her alter-ego after surviving a traumatic experience, ultimately forging her prowess in fighting and acrobatics.

Silver & Black will follow Zombieland helmer Reuben Fleischer's forthcoming Venom movie with Tom Hardy following Spide4r-Man: Homecoming on July 7. Further details remain pending on cast and specific story information while Silver & Black continues the solid reputation Marvel has built in planning its three currently-active phases of its own MCU which also has Holland frequenting as Spider-Man.

Stay tuned for more news. (Deadline)


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