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MOVIES: Silver & Black - Spider-Man Spinoff - News Roundup *Updated 9th August 2018*

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Note: Whichever of the two movies becomes a reality first, this newsreel will then alter to fit that.

9th August 2018 - Movie Scrapped; Silver & Black Being Split Into 2 Solo Movies

Sony’s Marvel title Silver & Black isn’t moving forward, but will be split up into two separate movies. The movie centered around Silver Sable, the boss of a war criminal bounty org, and burglar Black Cat. The first title will likely be Black Cat.

It is also expected that Gina Prince-Bythewood, the writer and director of Silver & Black, will depart, but still produce the separate Black Cat and Silver Sable films. If she leaves, the studio will reportedly hire another female director.

Sony has access to 900 Marvel characters, and the their intent is to grow canons and franchises out of characters like Black Cat. Other Sony Marvel properties in the mix are Daniel Espinosa helming Morbius with Jared Leto starring as the lead vampire and Spider-Man villain, plus the studio is shepherding such projects as Silk, Jackpot and Nightwatch and looking to hire screenwriters for those titles.


1st June 2018 - Pulled from Schedule; Being Redeveloped

As evident with last night’s release date changes from Sony, their Marvel Spider-Man spinoff Silver & Black is currently off their 2019 slate as they look for a new date on the project. Originally, the pic directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Freeform/Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger), was to open on Feb. 8 next year, but Sony has moved the Tom Hanks WWII drama Greyhound on to that date.

It’s an understatement to say that franchises are invaluable at the box office, and a Marvel property even more so. And in the case with a Spider-Man spinoff such as this, Sony wants to deliver the best feature possible. We hear that Silver & Black is headed back into development and that a re-write is in store.


24th February 2018 - Script Still Being Worked On

11th August 2017 - Release Date Revealed

Spider-Man allies and antagonists, Marvel’s Silver Sable and Black Cat will get their own movie Silver and Black which will open on Feb. 8, 2019 with Gina Prince-Bythewood directing. Note these Spider-Man spinoffs are not part of Sony’s partnership with Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.


19th July 2017 - Envisioned as a Buddy Film; More Details

Sony also isn’t interested in producing just conventional comic-book movies. It sees “Venom” as a spin on a horror film, for instance, while director Gina Prince-Bythewood likens “Silver & Black” to buddy films such as “Thelma & Louise” and “Midnight Run.”

“I wanted to tell the story of two damaged women who are at war with each other but need each other to survive,” says Prince-Bythewood. She’s been looking at the origins of each character in order to explain how Silver Sable became a killer for hire and why Black Cat is drawn to crime. In both cases, she found that the characters were haunted by the deaths of their parents. “Silver & Black” sounds darker than “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which played like a John Hughes comedy with more spandex. That’s precisely the point, says Panitch.

“Superhero movies have now transcended [the point] where they’re no longer superhero movies per se; they are essentially genre movies,” he says. “It’s not so much that characters have a cape and fly. In “Silver & Black,” these two women are modern and cool. … They may wear costumes, but [they’re] very real and very grounded.”


25th May 2017 - Gina Prince-Bythewood to Direct

Gina Prince-Bythewood, who wrote and directed The Secret Life of Bees, will direct Silver & Black, Sony's Spider-Man offshoot that centers on characters Silver Sable and the Black Cat.

Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing the project, which is planning for a fall start.

Chris Yost, who worked on the upcoming Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, is writing the most recent draft. Lisa Joy, the co-creator of HBO's Westworld, also worked on the script.

22nd March 2017 - Chris Yost to Write Script for Sony's Spider-Man Spinoff

Sony’s Spider-Man universe is getting a little bigger. The studio, already in deep development on villain offshoot Venom, is now developing a feature project centered on the female characters Silver Sable and the Black Cat.

The studio is hoping to go to directors soon with an eye toward a fall start date. Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing the project, which was previously known as the "secret female spinoff project."

Silver Sable, created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz in 1985, is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts war criminals. The character has been both antagonist and ally to Spider-Man.

Black Cat, an acrobatic cat burglar whose real name is Felicia Hardy, has a long and tangled romantic history with Spider-Man in the comics. The character was cut from scripts for the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, and a "Felicia Hardy" (played by Felicity Jones) briefly appeared in Amazing Spider-Man 2, though no Black Cat connection was ever made explicit.

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