The highly-anticipated Black Widow film may be headed to production soon but things are still being ironed out behind the scenes. Collider is now reporting that Ned Benson, a writer best known for his work on the acclaimed triptych saga The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby which starred Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, has been hired to rewrite the standalone film of Natasha Romanoff, replacing original screenwriter Jac Schaeffer in the process.
According to Collider, there are two reasons for this new hire; one being that Marvel Studios and Disney were blown away by Benson’s work on Eleanor Rigby and the other being that Benson was hired by Sony’s Amy Pascal to helm a film called My Aryan Princess, a project Black Widow herself Scarlett Johansson has been rumored to be attached to. Collider thinks that Johansson may have brought Benson on to the Marvel standalone, just as she brought director Cate Shortland to helm the film several months back.
On top of that, Production Weekly has listed a new working title for the film: Blue Bayou. While the actual connection of the working title and film’s plot is unclear, we now know that the film will shoot at UK’s Pinewood Studios, home to several Marvel Studios’ productions like Doctor Strange and the first Guardians of the Galaxy.