MARVEL Hires Writer for BLACK WIDOW Film - Report

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' poster
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A Black Widow feature film starring Scarlett Johansson is early development at Marvel Studios with the hiring of screenwriter Jac Schaeffer, according to Variety.

Framed as "very early" with no official "greenlight" from studio, work on a Black Widow film reportedly began with studio president Kevin Feige interviewing writer candidates and consulting with Johansson, who has played in the role across six films since 2010 with two more, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, planned.

Schaeffer is best-known for a 'Black List' screenplay titled The Shower, which Anne Hathaway has optioned to produce/star in. Following that, Hathaway also tapped Schaeffer to write her planned Dirty Rotten Scoundrels female-centric remake, Nasty Women. Schaeffer also wrote the recent Olaf's Frozen Adventure short which premiered in front of Pixar's Coco.

Marvel Studios has openly discussed a possible Black Widow film since September 2010, with Feige saying at an Iron Man 2 press conference that Avengers would have to come first. In 2014, Feige said development work for a solo film had been done in an effort to continue the character's flashback scenes in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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