SDCC 2017: Director Gina Prince-Bythewoood On Landing Marvel’s Silver Sable & Black Cat Film

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SDCC 2017: Director Gina Prince-Bythewoood On Landing Marvel’s Silver Sable & Black Cat Film
Posted by Wilson Morales

July 27, 2017

During San Diego Comic-Con 2017 , Blackfilm.com attended a panel discussion of “Women Rocking Hollywood: Female Directors Changing the Faces of Film and Television,” where the participants included Rosemary Rodriguez, Victoria Mahoney, Aurora Guerrero, Tina Mabry, Angela Robinson, Gina Prince-Bythewood & Kirsten Schaffer.

Among the many topics discussed were the projects that each director has done, including Robinson’s upcoming “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” and Prince-Bythewood’s slate of projects.

Prince-Bythewood happens to be directing the pilot for “Cloak & Dagger,” Freeform’s television series based on the Marvel Comics teen heroes and will become the first Black female to direct a Marvel film –  “Silver and Black,” based on the characters Silver Sable and the Black Cat and a spinoff of the Spider-Man universe.

Prince-Bythewood will also rewrite the script written by “Thor: Ragnarok” screenwriter Chris Yost. A previous draft was written by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy. Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing the project.

In the comic books, Silver Sable is a mercenary who hunts war criminals, and who is some times friend and sometimes foe to Spider-Man. She was created in 1985 by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, and heads the Wild Pack, an organization of other mercenaries based in the small (fictional) European state of Symkaria.

Black Cat is a world-famous cat burglar named Felicia Hardy, who briefly appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” played by Felicity Jones. After suffering a traumatic event as a teen, she trained herself in various martial arts and acrobatics and decided to follow in her father’s cat burglar-y footsteps. She has limited superpowers, a very cool enhanced suit, and a somewhat romantic history with Spidey.

While both characters exist in Marvel’s Spider-Man universe, the Yost-penned film will not be a crossover with the web-slinger.

Prince-Bythewood is known as the writer and director of the beloved 2000 film “Love & Basketball” starring Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps. Her most recent film, the 2014 romantic drama “Beyond the Lights,” which earned an Oscar nom for best original song. Earlier this year,, she and her husband Reggie Rock Bythewood were the showrunners on the Fox limited series “Shots Fired.” 

During the panel discussion, Prince-Bythewood talked about landing the gig to direct ‘Silver and Black.’

Gina Prince-Bythewood: I love the genre. I love films. I love heroes. I have two boys and I see everything. My youngest son is a comic book nerd and has everything. It’s a really cool thing to share this with them. There’s always been this question as to when are women going to get this opportunity and there’s this belief that women don’t like doing these types of films. In the last two years, there’s been the drumbeat, but for some reason, maybe its shame. The numbers are abysmal. The numbers don’t lie. People haven’t shut up about it. I know I have this opportunity because women haven’t shut up.

So, I did Cloak and Dagger for a couple of reasons. I really loved the script. I loved the characters. What we’re trying to do with that is have a young adult them within the Marvel universe. Four years ago, I was watching TV with my youngest son and he was asking me how come we don’t ever see Black superheroes? That stuck with me, which is one of the reasons I wanted to do Cloak and Dagger. That got me into the world. When I had my next film ready to go, that’s when I got a call about this spinoff of Spider-Man, about two female characters.

I said that I had my next movie and that I really can’t look at anything and they told me about the two characters. I told them I’ll read it. It took ten pages and I was done. I was so excited about these two women and the story that I would be able to tell. I went in and talked with the producers. It’s not always this quick, but I saw the film in my head and they felt it. The very next day, I went in to meet with all the heads of Sony and usually that’s very intimidating thing because most producers were women and it’s a room full of men. It was just the same thing, just telling myself that I knew I was the best person for this and come in with that confidence and tell them the story I wanted to tell. It was really a grounded story within this fantastic world of Marvel and they dug it and I got it.


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