‘Mississippi Grind’ filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will helm the MCU standalone.
Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Nicole Perlman and Inside Out‘s Meg LeFauve wrote the script for the Marvel Studios film, which will be produced by Kevin Feige.
They landed the job after an extensive search. Last summer, Marvel had whittled down its list of contenders to include Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria for the highly coveted job, which will mark Marvel’s first female-centric tentpole. The studio was making the hiring of a woman a priority for the project.
But Marvel was very deliberate in its decision-making, conducting several rounds of additional searches. Lucia Aniello, who directed the upcoming female-centric raunchy comedy Rough Night, met earlier this year even as the studio continued sharpening the script.
Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the highest-grossing movie of all time for a female director, also is said to have been approached. Earlier in the process, Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Jennifer Yuh (Kung Fu Panda 2) had been in the mix.
Along with Mississippi Grind, Boden and Fleck’s other feature credits include the the 2006 Ryan Gosling-starrer Half Nelson, which earned the actor his first Oscar nomination. The bulk of the duo’s work has been done in TV, directing episodes of The Affair and Billions.
They are not the first that Marvel has pulled from television. The Russo Brothers, who directed the last two acclaimed Captain America films and will helm the next Avengers installment, Infinity Wars, were also filmmakers that did a bulk of their work in television.
Captain Marvel has a release date of March 8, 2019, which will come nearly two years after DC brings its own female superhero movie from Patty Jenkins (Warner Bros. opens the Gal Gadot starrer on June 2).
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