August 4, 2014
Lisa Joy Nolan Will Pen Female-Driven SPIDER-MAN Spin-Off Coming In 2017, Is This A BLACK CAT Movie?
Deadline is reporting that Sony is looking to rollout another Amazing Spider-Man spin-off, on the heels of announcing the release date for Sinister Six. They say that, Sony is eyeing a 2017 release date for an untitled spin-off that would focus on an unnamed female character. A script will be penned by Christopher Nolan's screenwriting sister-in-law Lisa Joy Nolan (Burn Notice, Pushing Daises).
Lisa Joy Nolan ico-wrote HBO's upcoming Westworld series with her husband Jonathan Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight). She also recently sold an original spec-script to Legendary Pictures after a bidding-war.
The studio apparently has the rights to use Marvel characters such as Silver Sable, Spider-Woman (all of the different characters) and Spider-Girl. However, Felicia Hardy played by Felicity Jones was introduced in Amazing Spider-Man 2. Hardy eventually dons a mask, becoming the burglar turned Spidey ally The Black Cat. We are assuming that Black Cat is indeed the character that Sony will be trying to spin-off, since she is the most recognizable female character from the Spider-Man comics.
Hardy could also play a role in the Sinister Six film, which could lead to her branching out from villain to hero within that installment.
Sam Raimi tried to include Black Cat in his failed attempt to make Spider-Man 4, which had Anne Hathaway cast in the role. Anne would eventually leave the project, and take the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman instead in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Hathway's performance turning-out to be the highlight of the film.