The search for the Black Widow director is nearing its end; beginning with an astonishing 49 candidates, narrowed down to several, and now to just three as Cate Shortland (Lore), Amma Asante (A United Kingdom), and Maggie Betts (Novitiate) have recently met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson, likely pitching to both of them their ideas for the movie. Looking at these three directors, they all actually have one thing in common: they’ve each directed a historical period drama.
This leads more credence to the rumor that this movie will indeed be a prequel and we could potentially see her past working for the KGB or her time in the Red Room, a top secret Soviet training program exclusively for young women who are turned into deadly, obedient assassins.
It’s uncertain at this time who’s more likely to get the job, but Deadline is saying that Cate Shortland is the favorite, which is understandable, due to her filmography dealing with psychological abuse in Berlin Syndrome and the wrongs of one’s country and beliefs with Lore. I can also see Amma Asante having a good chance of winning out with her experience with historical dramas and the fact that she’s actually currently working on a film adaptation of David E. Hoffman’s The Billion Dollar Spy which is about a spy in the USSR who gave the U.S. Government highly classified documents that made him an important asset during the Cold War.
Over time, I’ve become more and more interested in Black Widow, especially now, since it’s sounding more like it’ll be heavily focused on drama and could potentially be Marvel Studios’ lowest budget movie if the focus remains solely on Black Widow and her time before becoming Tony Stark’s assistant in Iron Man 2.