Marvel Studios seems to have felt that the script of Black Widow solo movie requires a last-minute rewrite. So it has brought in a new writer for the task and pushed back the start of production by a few months.
Collider is reporting that Marvel has hired Ned Benson to rewrite the Black Widow movie’s script, which was originally penned by Captain Marvel co-writer Jac Schaeffer. Benson is known for writing and directing the three movies collectively titled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
According to the outlet, Benson’s work on the Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy-led flicks, especially the part titled Her, made quite an impression on the Marvel executives, leading them to approach the him for polishing up the script for their second female-driven movie. Collider speculates that Scarlett Johansson may have also pushed the studio to hire the writer.
Apparently, Benson has penned the in-development big-screen adaptation of the seven-part Dallas Morning News article My Aryan Princess, which follows a woman who risked her life to bring down the Aryan Brotherhood in Texas. The project was being developed as a starring vehicle for Johansson. So, it’s possible that the actress has had the opportunity to read the script, and was impressed with the writer’s work.
Anyway, the script getting a rewrite is possibly the reason why Marvel has decided to push back the start of Black Widow’s production. Previously, it was reported that cameras would start rolling towards the end of this month. Production Weekly, however, revealed last week that principal photography on the Cate Shortland flick would commence in June instead. Filming will take place in the United Kingdom under the working title Blue Bayou.
The solo outing for Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff is reportedly set before the events of The Avengers. Although Marvel has yet to set an official release date, the movie is expected to hit the theaters sometime in 2020.