“Love & Basketball,””Beyond the Lights,” and “The Secret Life of Bees” filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood is set to direct Sony’s “Silver & Black” — making her the first Black woman to direct a studio-produced superhero film.
“Silver & Black” is a Spider-Man spinoff film based on the Marvel characters Silver Sable and Black Cat.
Prince-Bythewood also will rewrite the script for the film, originally written by Christopher Yost, screenwriter of “Thor: The Dark World.” “Silver & Black” will not be Prince-Bythewood’s first experience with superheroes — as she directed the pilot for Freeform’s upcoming series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.”
Silver Sable is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts war criminals while Black Cat is an acrobatic cat burglar (real name Felicia Hardy), who had a tangled romantic relationship with the webslinger in the Spider-Man comics. Both were antagonists and allies to Spider-Man. This film will cast up and is meant to follow Venom, the Spider-Man universe expansion film that will star Tom Hardy with Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer directing. Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Jon Watts-directed film that stars Tom Holland as high school student Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego, bows July 7.
“Silver & Black” is scheduled to hit theaters in October 2018.